Of course this gives a number, but this number may be a surd, like √2.
For 'voiceless,' 'surd,' 'hard,' or 'tenuis' are sometimes used.
On the one hand Aristotle by his doctrine of matter admitted a surd into his system.
The rule of surd to surd and sonant to sonant is neglected in most of the factitious specimens of broken English.
The Sanskrit terms sonant and surd are, in a scientific point of view, the least exceptionable.
Again, he points out that the surd aspirate h is heard in some languages, but is hardly audible in others.
Surdimū′tism, the condition of being deaf and dumb; Surd′ity, want of sonant quality.
The terms sonant and surd are, in a scientific point of view, the least exceptionable.
The problems have a surd or irrational element in them; and to solve them would be to bring reason into collision with itself.