to combine the sounds represented by letters to pronounce a word; sound out. the joining of the sounds represented by two or more letters with minimal change in those sounds, as /gr/ in grow, /spl/ in splash; consonant cluster. Cp: digraph, cluster. a word made by combining elements of other words, as in combining /br/ in breakfast and /unch/ in lunch to make brunch.
A consonant sequence before or after a vowel within a syllable, such as cl, br, or st; it is the written language equivalent of consonant cluster.
To blend sounds is to join one to another seamlessly. Sounds of individual letters, digraphs, and dipthongs are blended to form syllables. The individual sounds of c, a, and flow from one to the next as they are blended to form cat.