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diphthong


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diphthong  \Diph"thong\  (?;  115,  277),  n.  [L.  diphthongus  Gr  ?; 
  di-  =  di`s-  twice  +  ?  voice,  sound,  fr  ?  to  utter  a  sound: 
  cf  F.  diphthongue.]  (Ortho["e]py) 
  a  A  coalition  or  union  of  two  vowel  sounds  pronounced  in 
  one  syllable;  as  ou  in  out  oi  in  noise;  --  called  a 
  {proper  diphthong}. 
  b  A  vowel  digraph;  a  union  of  two  vowels  in  the  same 
  syllable,  only  one  of  them  being  sounded;  as  ai  in 
  rain,  eo  in  people;  --  called  an  {improper  diphthong}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diphthong  \Diph"thong\,  v.  t. 
  To  form  or  pronounce  as  a  diphthong;  diphthongize.  [R.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diphthong 
  n  :  a  vowel  sound  that  starts  near  the  articulatory  position  for 
  one  vowel  and  moves  toward  the  position  for  another 




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