falsetto

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj falsetto artificially high; above the normal voice range "a falsetto voice"
    • n falsetto a male singing voice with artificially high tones in an upper register
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Falsetto A false or artificial voice; that voice in a man which lies above his natural voice; the male counter tenor or alto voice. See Head voice, under Voice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n falsetto The highest or smallest register or quality in both male and female voices: so called because in its untrained state it is more or less unnatural and forced, and because at best it is usually intractable. The term is somewhat loosely applied to other registers or qualities; it is much more obvious in the male voice than in the female. Physiologically, it results from a partial vibration of the vocal cords.
    • falsetto Having the quality and compass of the falsetto.
    • falsetto Assumed; constrained; unnaturally high-pitched; false.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Falsetto fawl-set′o a forced voice of a range or register above the natural, the head voice.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. falsetto, dim. fr. L. falsus,. See False
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. falsetto, dim. of falso, false.

Usage

In literature:

Pure head tones, that is, falsetto, are never demanded higher than this.
"How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann
He was bidden to enter in a sharp, falsetto voice, like that of a phonograph when it is on the high note.
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
Does the falsetto have any part in the development of the head voice?
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
Mrs. Harvey began to talk in a high falsetto voice to her husband.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
The high falsetto of men and the head voice of women are produced by a similar mechanism and method.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
In this ambitious attempt the pitch would get lower and lower, and then recover itself with a queer falsetto effect.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
But soon a quavering falsetto was heard formulating a new motive, expressing a new thought.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
Do you remember Jimmie Ford's falsetto?
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
He protested to her that he hadn't, in a strange falsetto voice that was not his own.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
If it is a woman speaking, he pipes a falsetto such as no woman outside a reciter's brain ever possessed.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 11, 1914" by Various
In a low falsetto the parrot was repeating the two military commands which she had learned.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
In high-pitched falsetto note the singer had repeated these words over and over.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
They imitated the falsetto with squeals of delight.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Meanwhile crackers are fired to the weird sound of a minor, falsetto lilting.
"The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's" by A. Mildred Cable
It was he who had cried out in a thin, falsetto voice.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
Antone's voice shot up into a falsetto, and shrieking vile curses he threw the empty revolver over his shoulder and leaped to the ground.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
A wit, in a falsetto scream, asked if he might have the next dance.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
And Gerald Deganway, who never missed a first night, simpering falsetto congratulations.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
Old Jerry was complaining to himself bitterly in a whining, cracked falsetto.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
What I want to know," Obadiah bleated in a high falsetto, "is, how fast were you going?
"The Triumph of Virginia Dale" by John Francis, Jr.
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In poetry:

A Spanish alto, Polly, who sang from early morn;
A bearded actor, Billy, who play'd the double horn;
A mimic man, Falsetto, who scaled the treble staff,
And climb'd the ledger lines above, and made the people laugh.
"The Parrot and the Billy-Goat" by Henry Clay Work
Falsetto snatched the turban which Madame Polly wore;
Its green and scarlet feathers he scattered on the floor.
The Madame swore in Spanish, her eyes suffused with tears;
And, flying to the basso's head, she hid behind his ears.
"The Parrot and the Billy-Goat" by Henry Clay Work

In news:

A renowned Hawaiian falsetto vocalist, she was a "living treasure" of Hawaiian music.
Baggy Pants Theater presents 'Falsettos in Concert'.
THE squeaky falsetto across the table was intimately familiar, at least to anyone who has been a child or parent in the last 15 years.
Maroon 5's Falsetto Singing: An Act of Cultural Defiance (?).
Maui Jazz & Blues Festival, annual Hawaiian falsetto contest under way this weekend.
In his first peak period (1961-64), Orbison vacillated between snarling blues rock and his mainstay, the romantic/paranoiac ballad with crescendo-ing falsetto and strings.
Falsettos 8 pm Thursday-Saturday City Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing FalsettosOKC.com $10-$15.
The piano-laden 'Ouch' features a slow R&B beat, with Brit singing nearly the entire track in falsetto.
Fleet Foxes, from Seattle, like their timpani, and their echo, love the sound of waves bouncing off walls, dig the high, lonesome wail of falsetto in harmony.
She sings in a high falsetto that's almost as stunning as she is.
Beck 's best album, Midnite Vultures (1999), succeeds largely because of his dramatic vocal presence: lust broadcast in gravelly purrs, falsetto wails, and sordid poetry.
Brooklyn's falsetto-folk kings, Woods, have released their first single from their upcoming album, Bend Beyond due out September 18 on Woodist.
Quiet storm gets a freaky SciFi makeover on the Diplo-produced " Climax ," which sets Usher's plaintively pleading falsetto atop a shape-shifting landscape of clicks, hisses, whooshes and bass-y synth gurgles.
With his smooth moves and sweet falsetto, American Idol contestant DeAndre Brackensick is winning over fans far and wide.
One listen and those falsetto harmonies are on repeat in the brain.
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In science:

The other three forms are known as vocal fry, falsetto, and whistle.
Music in Terms of Science
Arranged by the pitch areas covered, vocal fry is the lowest register, modal voice is next, then falsetto, and finally the whistle register.
Music in Terms of Science
Falsetto register—it lies above the modal voice register and overlaps the modal register by approximately one octave.
Music in Terms of Science
The characteristic sound of falsetto is inherently breathy and flute-like with few overtones present.
Music in Terms of Science
The essential difference between the modal and falsetto registers lies in the amount and type of vocal fold involvement.
Music in Terms of Science
The falsetto voice is produced by the vibration of the ligamentous edges of the vocal folds, in whole or in part, and the main body of the fold is more or less relaxed.
Music in Terms of Science
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