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verb (vanish, es)
  1. To become invisible or move out of view unnoticed.
  2. (Mathematics) To become equal to zero.
The function f(x)=x^2 vanishes at x=0.
velar Tweet Definition of velar Like Definition of velar on Facebook
noun
  1. (phonetics) a sound articulated at the soft palate
adjective
  1. (phonetics) articulated at the velum or soft palate
vibrant Tweet Definition of vibrant Like Definition of vibrant on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pulsing with energy or activity
He has a personality.
  1. Lively and vigorous
  2. Vibrating, resonant or resounding
  3. (context, of a colour) bright
vocal Tweet Definition of vocal Like Definition of vocal on Facebook
noun
  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
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices
Quotations
  • 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
vocalic Tweet Definition of vocalic Like Definition of vocalic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Used as a vowel, as opposed to consonantal, especially in Latin. (vocalic y)
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
noun
  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 .
Quotations
  • 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
    Quotations
  • 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.
    Quotations
    • 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
    voiced Tweet Definition of voiced Like Definition of voiced on Facebook
    verb
    1. past tense and past participle of the verb to voice.
    adjective
    1. (phonetics): Sounded with vibration of the vocal cords.
    voiceprint Tweet Definition of voiceprint Like Definition of voiceprint on Facebook
    noun
    1. a digitally recorded sample of a person's voice to be used as a means of identification
    vowel Tweet Definition of vowel Like Definition of vowel on Facebook
    noun
    1. (phonetics) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
    2. A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, and sometimes y.

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