Definition of "glottal" [glot•tal]

  • Relating to or articulated in the glottis. (adjective)

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Use "glottal" in a sentence
  • "The real revelation about the movie, however, is that no matter how good a job Ralph Fiennes does at playing a creepy old madman - which he does quite well, transforming his entire body into a fearful half-hunch as he murmurs in glottal half-phrases – he is still too goddamn good-looking for some parts."
  • "So if this had already occurred by the time of Proto-Semitic contact, there would only be two reasonably good matches for Proto-Semitic laryngeal -ʔ-, namely glottal *-h- ( PIE *h1) or velar *x ( PIE *h2)."
  • "This form of articulation, somewhat resembling a slight cough, is called a glottal stop."