To correspond in (particularly vowel) sounds.
‘Part of the magic of her poetry was her ability to have her words assonate in the most propitious places.’;
(phonetics) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
‘In Welsh, the w usually represents a vowel.’;
To correspond in sound.
(orthography) A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and y.
correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance;
‘The accented vowels assonated in this poem’;
(linguistics) To add vowel points to a consonantal script (e.g. niqqud in Hebrew or harakat in Arabic).
A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character or quality as a sound of speech; - distinguished from a consonant in that the latter, whether made with or without vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or character which represents such a sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, 5, 146-149.
Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.
a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
A vowel is a syllabic speech sound pronounced without any stricture in the vocal tract. Vowels are one of the two principal classes of speech sounds, the other being the consonant.