Phonet. articulated with much muscle tension and, usually, with strong aspiration, as initial (p) and (t) in English
Origin of fortisL, strong: see fort
a fortis sound
Articulated with relatively strong pressure of the airstream below the glottis, as in English (p) and (t) compared with (b) and (d).
A fortis consonant.
Origin of fortisLatin strong ; see fort .
- (phonetics) strongly articulated (of a consonant), hence voiceless
From Latin fortis (“strong”).