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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fricative  \Fric"a*tive\,  a.  [See  {Frication}.]  (Phon.) 
  Produced  by  the  friction  or  rustling  of  the  breath,  intonated 
  or  unintonated  through  a  narrow  opening  between  two  of  the 
  mouth  organs;  uttered  through  a  close  approach,  but  not  with 
  a  complete  closure,  of  the  organs  of  articulation,  and  hence 
  capable  of  being  continued  or  prolonged;  --  said  of  certain 
  consonantal  sounds,  as  f,  v,  s,  z,  etc  --  n.  A  fricative 
  consonant  letter  or  sound.  See  Guide  to  Pronunciation, 
  [sect][sect]  197-206,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fricative 
  adj  :  produced  by  forcing  air  through  a  constricted  passage  (as 
  `f'.  `s',  `z',  or  `th'  (in  both  `thin'  and  `then')) 
  [syn:  {sibilant},  {spirant}] 
  n  :  a  continuant  consonant  produced  by  breath  moving  against  a 
  narrowing  of  the  vocal  tract  [syn:  {fricative  consonant}, 
  {spirant}] 




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