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{adj: fricative, continuant, sibilant, spirant, strident} of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')



{adj: uppercase} relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case
"uppercase letters; X and Y and Z etc"
<-> lowercase

{adj: voiced, sonant, soft} produced with vibration of the vocal cords
"a frequently voiced opinion"
"voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";
<-> unvoiced

{n: Z, letter z, zee, zed, ezed, izzard} the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet
"the British call Z zed and the Scots call it ezed but Americans call it zee"
"he doesn't know A from izzard"

{n: dynamism, pizzazz, pizzaz, oomph, zing} the activeness of an energetic personality

{n: lisp} a speech defect that involves pronouncing `s' like voiceless `th' and `z' like voiced `th'

{n: omega, Z} the ending of a series or sequence
"the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelation

{n: stockholding} ownership of stocks; the state or fact of holding stock
"prohibition of unrestricted intercorporate stockholding"- W.Z.Ripley

{n: z-axis} the third axis in a 3-dimensional coordinate system

{n: zing} a brief high-pitched buzzing or humming sound
"the zing of the passing bullet"

{v: sleep, kip, slumber, log Z's, catch some Z's} be asleep
<-> wake

{v: strike, hit} produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically
"The pianist strikes a middle C"
"strike `z' on the keyboard"
"her comments struck a sour note"


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