formant [fawr-muh nt] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- Music. the range and number of partials present in a tone of a specific instrument, representing its timbre.
- Acoustic Phonetics. one of the regions of concentration of energy, prominent on a sound spectrogram, that collectively constitute the frequency spectrum of a speech sound. The relative positioning of the first and second formants, whether periodic or aperiodic, as of the o of hope at approximately 500 and 900 cycles per second, is usually sufficient to distinguish a sound from all others.
Origin of formant 1900–05; Latin formant- (stem of formāns), present participle of formāre to; see Examples from the Web for formant Historical Examples of formant
L’attaque fut formée en colonnes par échelons de régiment, Bachelu formant les échelons les plus avancés.
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“See the pretty Formant looking quite common next to her,” said the first.
British Dictionary definitions for formant formant noun
- acoustics phonetics any of several frequency ranges within which the partials of a sound, esp a vowel sound, are at their strongest, thus imparting to the sound its own special quality, tone colour, or timbre