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v. Tweet Definition of v. Like Definition of v. on Facebook
  1. versus
value Tweet Definition of value Like Definition of value on Facebook
  1. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
The Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world.
  1. The degree of importance you give to something.
  2. The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else
He tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices.
  1. An ideal accepted by some individual or group
He has old-fashioned values.
  1. (music) The relative duration of a musical note.
  2. Relative darkness or lightness of a color; "I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium...and light." -Joe Hing Lowe
  3. Numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed; "the value assigned was 16 milliseconds."
verb (valu, ing)
  1. Estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans."
  2. Place a value on; judge the worth of something; "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional."
  3. Regard highly; think much of.
  4. Fix or determine the value of; assign a value to, as of jewelry or art work.
  5. Hold dear; "I prize these old photographs."
valve Tweet Definition of valve Like Definition of valve on Facebook
  1. A device that controls the flow of a gas or fluid through a pipe.
  2. A device that admits fuel and air into the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, or one that allows combustion gases to exit.
  3. (context, anatomy) A structure in the heart that controls the direction of the flow of the blood.
  4. A vacuum tube.
vamp Tweet Definition of vamp Like Definition of vamp on Facebook
  1. The part of a boot or shoe above the sole and welt, and in front of the ankle seam; an upper.
  2. An improvised musical accompaniment, particularly sequence or chord progression repeated as necessary to fill time.
  3. Any activity repeated to fill time or stall.
  1. (transitive) To apply a vamp1.
  2. (transitive) To patch, to repair.
  3. (intransitive) To stall or delay, as for an audience.
She went out there to , since the speaker was late arriving.
variation Tweet Definition of variation Like Definition of variation on Facebook
  1. A distinct group of objects or things
  2. (nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.
  1. (board games) a line of play that differs from the original
vary Tweet Definition of vary Like Definition of vary on Facebook
verb (var, i, ed)
  1. to change with time
  2. not to remain constant
vaudeville Tweet Definition of vaudeville Like Definition of vaudeville on Facebook
  1. A style of multi-act theatrical entertainment which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s.
vibes Tweet Definition of vibes Like Definition of vibes on Facebook
  1. (plural of, vibe)
vibraharp Tweet Definition of vibraharp Like Definition of vibraharp on Facebook
  1. the vibraphone
vibraphone Tweet Definition of vibraphone Like Definition of vibraphone on Facebook
  1. A percussion musical instrument, instrument with a double row of tuned metal bars, each above the tubular resonator containing a motar-driven rotating vane, giving a vibrato effect.
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  1. Music. The musical effect or technique where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound.
viol Tweet Definition of viol Like Definition of viol on Facebook
  1. A viola da gamba, a family of musical instruments that preceded the violin and viola and similar string instruments
Viola Tweet Definition of Viola Like Definition of Viola on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), from Latin "violet"
viola da gamba Tweet Definition of viola da gamba Like Definition of viola da gamba on Facebook
  1. A viol, usually much larger than the violin, played while seated and supported between the legs. The instrument was developed in Europe in the 1400s and used primarily in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
violin Tweet Definition of violin Like Definition of violin on Facebook
  1. A musical four-string instrument, generally played with a bow or by plucking the string. Pitch is set by pressing the strings at the appropriate place with the fingers.
The first often plays the lead melody lines in a string quartet.
violinist Tweet Definition of violinist Like Definition of violinist on Facebook
  1. A person who plays the violin.
violist Tweet Definition of violist Like Definition of violist on Facebook
  1. (music) a person who plays the viol or the viola
violoncellist Tweet Definition of violoncellist Like Definition of violoncellist on Facebook
  1. a person who plays the violoncello
violoncello Tweet Definition of violoncello Like Definition of violoncello on Facebook
  1. (musici) A large stringed instrument of the violin family, but smaller than the double bass.
virtuoso Tweet Definition of virtuoso Like Definition of virtuoso on Facebook
noun (pl2=virtuosi)
  1. A person (especially a musician) with masterly ability, technique, or personal style
  1. Exhibiting the ability of a virtuoso
vocal Tweet Definition of vocal Like Definition of vocal on Facebook
  1. (phonetics) A vocal sound; specifically, a purely vocal element of speech, unmodified except by resonance; a vowel or a diphthong; a tonic element; a tonic; -- distinguished from a subvocal, and a nonvocal
  2. (Roman Catholic Church): A man who has a right to vote in certain elections
  1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices
  • To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, / Made by my song. - Milton
    1. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, melody; prayer, worship." - Milton
    2. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, spoken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds
    3. (phonetics) Consisting of, or characterized by, voice, or tone produced in the larynx, which may be modified, either by resonance, as in the case of the vowels, or by obstructive action, as in certain consonants, such as v, l, etc., or by both, as in the nasals m, n, ng; sonant; intonated; voiced. See voice, and vowel
    4. (phonetics) Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel
vocalist Tweet Definition of vocalist Like Definition of vocalist on Facebook
  1. A singer; a person who likes to sing.
vocalize Tweet Definition of vocalize Like Definition of vocalize on Facebook
verb (vocaliz, ing)
  1. to express with the voice, to utter
    • 1876, Walt Whitman, preface to the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass
    • :Following the modern spirit, the real poems of the present, ever solidifying and expanding into the future, must the vastness and splendor and reality with which scientism has invested man and the universe,...
    • (music) to sing without using words
    • (linguistics): to turn a consonant into a vowel
    • (linguistics): to make a sound voiced rather than voiceless (dated)
voice Tweet Definition of voice Like Definition of voice on Facebook
  1. Sound uttered by the mouth, especially that uttered by human beings in speech or song; sound thus uttered considered as possessing some special quality or character; as, the human ; a pleasant ; a low .
  • He with a manly saith his message. " Chaucer
  • Her was ever soft, Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman. " Shakespeare, King Lear, V-iii
  • Thy is music. " Shakespeare, Henry V, V-ii
  • Join thy unto the angel choir. " Milton
    1. (phonetics) Sound of the kind or quality heard in speech or song in the consonants b, v, d, etc., and in the vowels; sonant, or intonated, utterance; tone; " distinguished from mere breath sound as heard in f, s, sh, etc., and also whisper.
  • Note: Voice, in this sense, is produced by vibration of the vocal cords in the larynx which act upon the air, not in the manner of the strings of a stringed instrument, but as a pair of membranous tongues, or reeds, which, being continually forced apart by the outgoing current of breath, and continually brought together again by their own elasticity and muscular tension, break the breath current into a series of puffs, or pulses, sufficiently rapid to cause the sensation of tone. The power, or loudness, of such a tone depends on the force of the separate pulses, and this is determined by the pressure of the expired air, together with the resistance on the part of the vocal cords which is continually overcome. Its pitch depends on the number of aí«rial pulses within a given time, that is, on the rapidity of their succession.
    1. The tone or sound emitted by anything
  • After the fire a still small . " 1 Kings 19:12
  • Canst thou thunder with a like him? " Job 40:9
  • The floods have lifted up their . " ''Psalms 93:3
  • O Marcus, I am warm"d; my heart Leaps at the trumpet"s . " Addison
    1. The faculty or power of utterance; as, to cultivate the
    2. Language; words; speech; expression; signification of feeling or opinion
  • Quotations
  • I desire to be present with you now, and to change my ; for I stand in doubt of you. " Galatians 4:20
  • My is in my sword. " Shakespeare, Macbeth, V-vii''
  • Let us call on God in the of his church. " Bp. Fell
    1. Opinion or choice expressed; judgment; a vote.
  • Quotations
  • Sicinius. How now, my masters! have you chose this man? / 1st Citizen. He has our voices, sir. " Shakespeare, Coriolanus, II-iii
  • Some laws ordain, and some attend the choice / Of holy senates, and elect by . " Dryden
    1. Command; precept; " now chiefly used in scriptural language.
  • Quotations
  • So shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the of the Lord your God. " Deuteronomy 8:20
    1. One who speaks; a speaker.
  • Quotations
  • A potent of Parliament. " Tennyson
    1. (Grammar) A particular mode of inflecting or conjugating verbs, or a particular form of a verb, by means of which is indicated the relation of the subject of the verb to the action which the verb expresses.
  • verb (voices, voicing, voiced)
    1. (transitive) To give utterance or expression to; to utter; to publish; to announce; to divulge; as, to the sentiments of the nation.
    • Rather assume thy right in silence and . . . then it with claims and challenges. " Bacon
  • It was voiced that the king purposed to put to death Edward Plantagenet. " Bacon
    1. (context, transitive, phonology) To utter with sonant or vocal tone; to pronounce with a narrowed glottis and rapid vibrations of the vocal cords; to speak above a whisper.
    2. (transitive) To fit for producing the proper sounds; to regulate the tone of; as, to the pipes of an organ.
    3. (context, transitive, obsolete) To vote; to elect; to appoint " Shakespeare
    4. (context, intransitive, obsolete) To clamor; to cry out " South
    volta Tweet Definition of volta Like Definition of volta on Facebook
    1. A turning; a time; -- chiefly used in phrases signifying that the part is to be repeated.
    voluntary Tweet Definition of voluntary Like Definition of voluntary on Facebook
    1. Done, given, or acting of one's own free will.
    2. Working or done without payment.
    vox humana Tweet Definition of vox humana Like Definition of vox humana on Facebook
    1. an organ stop having some resemblance to the human voice
    vv. Tweet Definition of vv. Like Definition of vv. on Facebook
    1. verses

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