Consonancy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Consonancy (Mus) Accord or agreement of sounds produced simultaneously, as a note with its third, fifth, and eighth.
    • Consonancy Agreement or congruity; harmony; accord; consistency; suitableness. "The perfect consonancy of our persecuted church to the doctrines of Scripture and antiquity.""The optic nerve responds to the waves with which it is in consonance ."
    • Consonancy Friendship; concord. "By the consonancy of our youth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest English word that consists strictly of alternating consonants and vowels
    • n consonancy Same as consonance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The three-syllable word "hideous," with the change of a single consonant, becomes a two-syllable word with no vowel sounds in common: "hideout."
    • Consonancy harmony
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consonantia,: cf. F. consonnance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consonans, -antis, pr.p. of consonāre, to harmonise—con, with, and sonāre, to sound.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps some of us struggle along with consonants that spell somebody else.
"Christmas" by Zona Gale
But the decision of the Church seems most in consonance with her feelings.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Professor Phelps told of some Andover students, who, for sport, interchanged the initial consonants of adjacent words.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Consonance is very similar to this latter form of alliteration.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
Nursery games in stumpy green boats were not consonant with his dignity.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
The first consonant in the word "dark" should receive a slight stress.
"Style in Singing" by W. E. Haslam
There is a law of consonance, and we are responsible for things in a way that but few realise.
"Spirit and Music" by H. Ernest Hunt
No Russian, whose dissonant, consonant name Almost rattles to fragments the trumpet of fame?
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Choose an octave most consonant with the range of the voice.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Again, meditative people will find a charm in a certain consonancy between the aspect of the city and its odd and stirring history.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

In nature all is harmony,
A consonance fore'er agreed on,
And 'tis alone our phantom freedom
That is disturbingly off-key.
"How Tuneful Is The Voice Of Sea" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
The surges rolled the reflex of the skies
Before my portals, mystically blending
Their consonance of solemn chords unending
With the nacre and rose ignited in mine eyes.
"Anterior Life (La Vie Anterieure)" by Clark Ashton Smith
As the train passed the forest's tortured icons,
ths floes clanging like freight yards, then the spires
of frozen tears, the stations screeching steam,
he drew them in a single winters' breath
whose freezing consonants turned into stone.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott
To ring out thy great frame, if I had skill,
The E'cho thereof should our Iland fill.
So consonant's thy vertue to thy wit,
And so thy outward feature graceth it,
That my Muse may one sillable adde well
Unto thy Surname, and call thee Le-bell.
"To Sir Robert Bell" by Ralph Knevet

In news:

And so does Consonant 's Clint Conley, who handily reinvents the breakup genre with an ironic song title, "Post-Pathetic," on the band's lovelorn debut.
North/South Consonance is a concert series, chamber orchestra , record label and music publisher.
OK, maybe there are some cases when consonants are silent, but you'd never know it unless you were from a place where folks intentionally mispronounce its name.
Specifically, Grimm 's Law concerns consonants.
All the superlatives in the world cannot render consonant advocates of abortion, and those that vote to empower such advocates with the teaching of Jesus Christ.
This approach was consonant with Teller 's lifelong trust in democracy.
Bound tightly between a pair of identical rigid consonants, tryst promises furtive sensuality.
On a worksheet, there are dozens of combinations using a variety of consonants that never spell an actual word .
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In science:

According to Janssen and Renn, and in consonance with Einstein’s own recollection of his “fateful error” in not recognizing that the Christoffel symbol was the true representative of the gravitational field, it was through sustained application of the physical strategy that Einstein eventually corrected this error.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
We see clearly that he acted on the basis of a world view consonant with physics as understood at the time.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
Identifying, for instance, if a language has a particular set of phonological features (such as glottalized consonants) requires only listening to speakers.
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
For instance, the “Glottalized Consonants” feature has eight possible values (one for “none” and seven for different varieties of glottalized consonants).
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
These are examples like “SVO ⊃ VO ” or “No unusual consonants ⊃ no glottalized consonants.” It is, of course, good that our m odel discovers these, since they are obviously true.
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
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