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voice


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Voice  \Voice\,  n.  [OE.  vois,  voys,  OF  vois,  voiz,  F.  voix,  L. 
  vox,  vocis,  akin  to  Gr  ?  a  word  ?  a  voice,  Skr.  vac  to  say 
  to  speak,  G.  erw["a]hnen  to  mention.  Cf  {Advocate}, 
  {Advowson},  {Avouch},  {Convoke},  {Epic},  {Vocal},  {Vouch}, 
  {Vowel}.] 
  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  voice;  a  pleasant  voice;  a  low 
  voice. 
 
  He  with  a  manly  voice  saith  his  message.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Her  voice  was  ever  soft,  Gentle,  and  low  an 
  excellent  thing  in  woman.  --Shak. 
 
  Thy  voice  is  music.  --Shak. 
 
  Join  thy  voice  unto  the  angel  choir.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  (Phon.)  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 
  so-called  vocal  cords  in  the  larynx  (see  Illust.  of 
  {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  a["e]rial  pulses 
  within  a  given  time,  that  is  on  the  rapidity  of  their 
  succession.  See  Guide  to  Pronunciation,  [sect][sect]  5, 
  146,  155. 
 
  3.  The  tone  or  sound  emitted  by  anything 
 
  After  the  fire  a  still  small  voice.  --1  Kings  xix. 
  12. 
 
  Canst  thou  thunder  with  a  voice  like  him?  --Job  xl 
  9. 
 
  The  floods  have  lifted  up  their  voice.  --Ps.  xciii. 
  3. 
 
  O  Marcus,  I  am  warm'd;  my  heart  Leaps  at  the 
  trumpet's  voice.  --Addison. 
 
  4.  The  faculty  or  power  of  utterance;  as  to  cultivate  the 
  voice. 
 
  5.  Language;  words  speech;  expression;  signification  of 
  feeling  or  opinion. 
 
  I  desire  to  be  present  with  you  now  and  to  change 
  my  voice;  for  I  stand  in  doubt  of  you  --Gal.  iv 
  20. 
 
  My  voice  is  in  my  sword.  --Shak. 
 
  Let  us  call  on  God  in  the  voice  of  his  church.  --Bp. 
  Fell. 
 
  6.  Opinion  or  choice  expressed;  judgment;  a  vote. 
 
  Sic.  How  now  my  masters!  have  you  chose  this  man?  1 
  Cit.  He  has  our  voices,  sir.  --Shak. 
 
  Some  laws  ordain,  and  some  attend  the  choice  Of  holy 
  senates,  and  elect  by  voice.  --Dryden. 
 
  7.  Command;  precept;  --  now  chiefly  used  in  scriptural 
  language. 
 
  So  shall  ye  perish;  because  ye  would  not  be  obedient 
  unto  the  voice  of  the  Lord  your  God.  --Deut.  viii. 
  20. 
 
  8.  One  who  speaks;  a  speaker.  ``A  potent  voice  of 
  Parliament.''  --Tennyson. 
 
  9.  (Gram.)  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. 
 
  {Active  voice}  (Gram.),  that  form  of  the  verb  by  which  its 
  subject  is  represented  as  the  agent  or  doer  of  the  action 
  expressed  by  it 
 
  {Chest  voice}  (Phon.),  a  kind  of  voice  of  a  medium  or  low 
  pitch  and  of  a  sonorous  quality  ascribed  to  resonance  in 
  the  chest,  or  thorax;  voice  of  the  thick  register.  It  is 
  produced  by  vibration  of  the  vocal  cords  through  their 
  entire  width  and  thickness,  and  with  convex  surfaces 
  presented  to  each  other 
 
  {Head  voice}  (Phon.),  a  kind  of  voice  of  high  pitch  and  of  a 
  thin  quality  ascribed  to  resonance  in  the  head;  voice  of 
  the  thin  register;  falsetto.  In  producing  it  the 
  vibration  of  the  cords  is  limited  to  their  thin  edges  in 
  the  upper  part  which  are  then  presented  to  each  other 
 
  {Middle  voice}  (Gram.),  that  form  of  the  verb  by  which  its 
  subject  is  represented  as  both  the  agent,  or  doer,  and  the 
  object  of  the  action  that  is  as  performing  some  act  to 
  or  upon  himself,  or  for  his  own  advantage. 
 
  {Passive  voice}.  (Gram.)  See  under  {Passive},  a. 
 
  {Voice  glide}  (Pron.),  the  brief  and  obscure  neutral  vowel 
  sound  that  sometimes  occurs  between  two  consonants  in  an 
  unaccented  syllable  (represented  by  the  apostrophe),  as  in 
  able  (a"b'l).  See  {Glide},  n.,  2. 
 
  {Voice  stop}.  See  {Voiced  stop},  under  {Voiced},  a. 
 
  {With  one  voice},  unanimously.  ``All  with  one  voice  .  .  . 
  cried  out  Great  is  Diana  of  the  Ephesians.''  --Acts  xix. 
  34. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Voice  \Voice\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Voiced};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Voicing}.] 
  1.  To  give  utterance  or  expression  to  to  utter;  to  publish; 
  to  announce;  to  divulge;  as  to  voice  the  sentiments  of 
  the  nation.  ``Rather  assume  thy  right  in  silence  and  .  .  . 
  then  voice  it  with  claims  and  challenges.''  --Bacon. 
 
  It  was  voiced  that  the  king  purposed  to  put  to  death 
  Edward  Plantagenet.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  (Phon.)  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. 
 
  3.  To  fit  for  producing  the  proper  sounds;  to  regulate  the 
  tone  of  as  to  voice  the  pipes  of  an  organ. 
 
  4.  To  vote;  to  elect;  to  appoint.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Voice  \Voice\,  v.  i. 
  To  clamor;  to  cry  out  [Obs.]  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  voice 
  n  1:  the  distinctive  quality  or  pitch  or  condition  of  a  person's 
  speech;  "A  shrill  voice  sounded  behind  us" 
  2:  the  sound  made  by  the  vibration  of  vocal  folds  modified  by 
  the  resonance  of  the  vocal  tract;  "a  singer  takes  good 
  care  of  his  voice";  "the  giraffe  cannot  make  any 
  vocalizations"  [syn:  {vocalization}] 
  3:  a  sound  suggestive  of  a  vocal  utterance;  "the  noisy  voice  of 
  the  waterfall";  "the  incessant  voices  of  the  artillery" 
  4:  expressing  in  coherent  verbal  form  "the  articulation  of  my 
  feelings"  or  "I  gave  voice  to  my  feelings"  [syn:  {articulation}] 
  5:  a  means  or  agency  by  which  something  is  expressed  or 
  communicated;  "the  voice  of  the  law";  "the  Times  is  not 
  the  voice  of  New  York";  "conservatism  has  many  voices" 
  6:  something  suggestive  of  speech  in  being  a  medium  of 
  expression;  "the  wee  small  voice  of  conscience";  "the 
  voice  of  experience";  "he  said  his  voices  told  him  to  do 
  it" 
  7:  (metonymy)  a  singer;  "he  wanted  to  hear  trained  voices  sing 
  it" 
  8:  an  advocate  who  represents  someone  else's  policy  or  purpose; 
  "the  meeting  was  attended  by  spokespersons  for  all  the 
  major  organs  of  government"  [syn:  {spokesperson},  {interpreter}, 
  {representative}] 
  9:  the  ability  to  speak;  "he  lost  his  voice" 
  10:  (linguistics)  the  grammatical  relation  of  the  subject  of  a 
  verb  to  the  action  that  the  verb  denotes 
  11:  the  melody  carried  by  a  particular  voice  or  instrument  in 
  polyphonic  music;  "he  tried  to  sing  the  tenor  part"  [syn: 
  {part}] 
  v  1:  give  voice  to  "He  voiced  his  concern" 
  2:  utter  with  vibrating  vocal  chords  [syn:  {sound},  {vocalize}] 
  [ant:  {devoice}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  voice  vt  To  phone  someone  as  opposed  to  emailing  them  or 
  connecting  in  {talk  mode}.  "I'm  busy  now  I'll  voice  you  later." 
 
 




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