voice

Definitions

  • "'Boh! Boh!' the clear voice shouted."
    "'Boh! Boh!' the clear voice shouted."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v voice give voice to "He voiced his concern"
    • v voice utter with vibrating vocal chords
    • n voice 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"
    • n voice the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech "A shrill voice sounded behind us"
    • n voice the ability to speak "he lost his voice"
    • n voice the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music "he tried to sing the tenor part"
    • n voice expressing in coherent verbal form "the articulation of my feelings","I gave voice to my feelings"
    • n voice 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"
    • n voice 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"
    • n voice a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance "the noisy voice of the waterfall","the incessant voices of the artillery"
    • n voice an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
    • n voice (metonymy) a singer "he wanted to hear trained voices sing it"
    • n voice (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Voice. Antelope. Cheyenne drawing Voice. Antelope. Cheyenne drawing
Voice, talking. Cheyenne drawing Voice, talking. Cheyenne drawing
A Tone of Voice That Meant Trouble 138 A Tone of Voice That Meant Trouble 138
Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook
Voice from the Hill Voice from the Hill
Last of all she sang in a low voice a dirge over the Rover of the Plain Last of all she sang in a low voice a dirge over the Rover of the Plain

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots
    • Voice (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.
    • Voice 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."
    • Voice 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.""My voice is in my sword.""Let us call on God in the voice of his church."
    • Voice One who speaks; a speaker. "A potent voice of Parliament."
    • Voice Opinion or choice expressed; judgment; a vote. "Sic . How now, my masters! have you chose this man?
      1 Cit . He has our voices , sir."
      "Some laws ordain, and some attend the choice
      Of holy senates, and elect by voice ."
    • Voice (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.
    • Voice 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.""Her voice was ever soft,
      Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman."
      "Thy voice is music.""Join thy voice unto the angel choir."
    • Voice The faculty or power of utterance; as, to cultivate the voice .
    • Voice The tone or sound emitted by anything. "After the fire a still small voice .""Canst thou thunder with a voice like him?""The floods have lifted up their voice .""O Marcus, I am warm'd; my heart
      Leaps at the trumpet's voice ."
    • v. i Voice To clamor; to cry out.
    • Voice To fit for producing the proper sounds; to regulate the tone of; as, to voice the pipes of an organ.
    • Voice 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.""It was voiced that the king purposed to put to death Edward Plantagenet."
    • Voice (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.
    • Voice To vote; to elect; to appoint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only lizard that has a voice is the Gecko
    • n voice In music, a singer or the voice-part that a singer sings.
    • n voice In voice-building, same as voice quality.
    • n voice The sound made by the stridulation of an insect.
    • n voice The sound uttered by the mouths of living creatures; especially, human utterance in speaking, singing, crying, shouting, etc.; the sound made by a person in speaking, singing, crying, etc.; the character, quality, or expression of the sounds so uttered: as, to hear a voice; to recognize a voice; a loud voice; a low voice.
    • n voice Voice as a scientific term may mean either the faculty of nttering audible sounds, or the body of audible sounds produced by the organs of respiration, especially the larynx of man and other animals: contradistinguished from speech or articulate language. Voice is produced when air is driven by the muscles of expiration from the lungs through the trachea and strikes against the two vocal cords (see cord), the vibrations of which produce sounds varying in different animals according to the structure of the organs and the power which the animal possesses over them. Voice can, therefore, be found only in animals in which this svstem of respiration is developed, and the lungs and larynx (or syrinx) actually exist. Fishes, having no lnngs, are dumb, as far as true vocal utterance is concerned, though various noises may issue from their throats (see croaker, grunt, and drum). In man the superior organization and mobility of the tongue and lips, as well as the perfection of the larynx, enable him to modify his vocal sounds to an almost infinite extent. In ordinary speaking the tones of the voice have nearly all the same pitch, and the variety of the sounds is due rather to the action of the mouth-organs than to definite movements of the glottis and vocal cords. In singing the successive sounds correspond more or less closely to the ideal tones of the musical scale. The male voice admits of division into tenor and bass, and the female into soprano and contralto. The lowest female tone is an octave or so higher than the lowest tone of the male voice; and the female's highest tone is about an octave above that of the male. The compass of both voices taken together is four octaves or more, the chief differences residing in the pitch and also in the timbre. In medicine, voice is the sound of utterance as transmitted through the lungs and chest-wall in auscultation. In zoology, voice is ordinarily restricted to respiratory sounds or vocal utterance, as above explained, and as distinguished from any mechanical noise, like stridulation, etc. The more usual word for the voice of any animal is cry; and the various cries, distinctive or characteristic of certain animals, take many distinctive terms, according to their vocal quality, as bark, bay, bellow, bleat, bray, cackle, call, caw, chatter, chirp, chirrup, cluck, coo, croak, crow, gabble, gobble, growl, grunt, hiss, honk, hoot, howl, low, mew, neigh, peep, pipe, purr, quack, roar, scream, screech, snarl, snort, song, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, trumpet, twitter, warble, waul, whine, whinny, whistle, whoop, yawp, yell, yelp, and many others. The voices of some animals, as certain monkeys and large carnivores and ruminants, may be heard a mile; or more. The voice reaches its highest development, in animals other than human, in the distinctively musical class of birds, some of which, notably parrots and certain corvine and sturnoid birds, can be taught to talk intelligible speech.
    • n voice The faculty of speaking; speech; utterance.
    • n voice A sound produced by an inanimate object and regarded as representing the voice of an intelligent being: as, the voice of the winds.
    • n voice Anything analogous to human speech which conveys impressions to any of the senses or to the mind.
    • n voice Opinion or choice expressed; the right of expressing an opinion; vote; suffrage: as, you have no voice in the matter.
    • n voice One who speaks; a speaker.
    • n voice Wish or admonition made known in any way; command; injunction.
    • n voice That which is said; report; rumor; hence, reputation; fame.
    • n voice A word; a term; a vocable.
    • n voice In phonetics, sound uttered with resonance of the vocal cords, and not with a mere emission of breath; sonant utterance.
    • n voice In grammar, that form of the verb or body of inflections which shows the relation of the subject of the affirmation or predication to the action expressed by the verb. In Latin there are two voices, active and passive, having different endings throughout. In Greek and Sanskrit the voices are active and middle, certain forms, mostly middle, being used in a passive sense. In English, again, there is no distinction of voices; every verb is active, and a passive meaning belongs only to certain verb-phrases, made with help of an auxiliary-: thus, he is praised, we have been loved.
    • voice To give utterance to; assert; proclaim; declare; announce; rumor; report.
    • voice To fit for producing the proper sounds; regulate the tone of: as, to voice the pipes of an organ. See voicing.
    • voice To write the voiceparts of. Hill, Dict. Mus. Terms.
    • voice To nominate; adjudge by acclamation; declare.
    • voice In phonetics, to utter with voice or toue or sonancy, as distinguished from breath.
    • voice To speak; vote; give opinion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Four different people played the part of Darth Vader (body, face, voice, and breathing).
    • n Voice vois sound from the mouth: sound given out by anything: utterance or mode of utterance: language: expression: expressed opinion: one who speaks: :
    • v.t Voice to give utterance to, declare, announce: to fit for sounding: to regulate the tone of: to utter with voice or tone, as distinguished from breath
    • n Voice vois (Shak.) reputation: sound uttered with resonance of the vocal chords: vote
    • n Voice vois (gram.) mode of inflecting verbs, as being active or passive
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions of the body.”
  • Henry Miller
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    “Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”
  • James Dillet Freeman
    James Dillet Freeman
    “Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Voice of one, voice of none.”

Idioms

At the top of your voice - If you talk, shout or sing at the top of your voice, you do it as loudly as you can.
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Voice in the wilderness - Someone who expresses an opinion that no one believes or listens to is a voice in the wilderness, especially if proved right later.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. erwähnen, to mention. Cf. Advocate Advowson Avouch Convoke Epic Vocal Vouch Vowel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. voix—L. vox, vocis; akin to Gr. epos, a word.

Usage

In literature:

Apparently he was trying to speak, but his voice was too weak to be heard.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Can any empirical knowledge of the voice be obtained by the mere listening to voices?
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
The voice he had heard was the voice of Gertrude, and the words it had spoken were: 'Ah!
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
She had never before smiled at him, let alone voiced pleasure over his presence.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
It may also be added that boys' voices break lower than girls' during the year or two preceding change of voice.
"The Child-Voice in Singing" by Francis E. Howard
Inflection, as we have seen, is a gradual change in the key while the voice is speaking.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
I raised my voice to its highest pitch, and called the animal by name.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The voice was, he felt sure of it, Finlay's voice.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
There was a light step above, and then Miss Letty's voice, a very little voice suited to the dusk and stillness, came down the stairs.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
The girl's voice rang over the table.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The circle of women listened to him as to a voice from the large world.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
To attract their attention, therefore, he shouted, and at the top of his voice; but to no purpose.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Then an oath escaped him, and his voice was hoarse.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
At this moment a fresh, young voice rose from the lower room, which was crowded, and when the voice ceased there came loud applause.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
There was a voice not like other voices there, nor like any he had ever heard.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Through the door came a quick, jerky voice.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Late one night from my bed I heard his voice downstairs, cutting and snarling through other voices.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Then he heard a voice, a somewhat familiar voice.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
His voice was recovering what must have been its usual hearty ring.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
His voice was full and strong, and kindly.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Faint falls the gentle voice of prayer
In the wild sounds that fill the air,
Yet, Lord, we know that voice is heard,
Not less than if Thy throne it stirred.
"Hymn Sung At A Sacred Concert At Columbia, S.C." by Henry Timrod
Faint falls the gentle voice of prayer,
In the wild sounds that fill the air,
Yet, Lord, we know that voice is heard,
Not less than if Thy throne it stirred.
"Faint Fall the Gentle Voice of Prayer" by Henry Timrod
And now again you are so strangely near!
Your face, your voice, again after these years!
Is it your face I see, your voice I hear,
And is this blessed rain, angel, your tears?
"Resurrection" by Richard Le Gallienne
Thy voice, as heretofore, about him blown,
For ever blown about his silence now;
Thy voice, though deeper, yet so like his own
That almost, when he sang, we deemed 'twas thou!
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
Is it your face I see, your voice I hear?
Your face, your voice, again after these years!
O is your cheek once more against my cheek?
And is this blessed rain, angel, your tears?
"Resurrection" by Richard Le Gallienne
And our eyes will rest on their foreheads fair,
And our hearts awaken
Whenever we come where their voices are--
But oh, we shall think how musical were,
Ere of thee forsaken,
The mingled voices we listed there.
"To A Bride" by Nathaniel Parker Willis

In news:

Local poet strives to amplify the voices of black women.
George's church presents ' Ancestral Voices.
The musical competition marks his first for ITV after a string of similar shows on the BBC, which this year gave his slot to "The Voice U.K.".
He studied at Oxford and published his first book, Poems, in 1930, immediately establishing himself as one of the outstanding voices of his generation.
Austere look, strong voices in Opera Memphis' 'La Boheme'.
Fred Schneider has one of the most distinct voices in pop music.
After what seems like years of simmering on the back burner , voice and video over IP (VoIP) services are coming into their own.
Benjamin Cohen investigates a new wave of voice recognition technology.
Talking with the Voice in her Upper East Side apartment, Phyllis Chesler emits a hoot.
Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, left, and Johnnystein, voiced by Andy Samberg in a scene from "Hotel Transylvania.".
Voice' contestant, video voice-over visit.
Neumann Co-Sponsors Los Angeles Voice-Over Expo for Voice-Over Artists.
BOSTON - 1 Voice, 1 Play, 1 Day, is an awareness campaign of Project 1 Voice, a national performing arts service organization.
Spoons (l.) voiced by Alex Manugian, and Rango, voiced by Johnny Depp are shown in a scene from the animated feature, 'Rango.
VOICES Chorale among area's choral groups raising voices in holiday concerts.
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In science:

Causing excess losses can have a great impact on voice quality because the packet drops cumulate with the network and jitter buffer losses (see Section 3).
Lost Audio Packets Steganography: The First Practical Evaluation
As an example, by focusing more on higher modulation schemes that require additional filtering in order to prioritize data over voice, linearity of PA is more desirable because of the non-constant envelope of the signal .
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
The paper starts with an overall description of the system implementation (Section 2). The route creation and voice tagging features are covered next (Section 3).
Implementation of a Real Time Passenger Information System
The average frequency of the human voice falls in the range from 120 Hz to 1.1 kHz.
Music in Terms of Science
Parallel fourths are one of the main no-no rules of voice leading.
Music in Terms of Science
But they should not be used in parallel, as they break the other rule of voice leading.
Music in Terms of Science
Unidentified voice It’s kind of obvious that new physics will show up there, and new particles can contribute to the amplitudes like penguin decays or B → τ decays.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
We have also derived analytical relations which enable making IR(t) dependent on voice quality parameters.
LACK - a VoIP Steganographic Method
The alternative is to adjust IR(t) on the basis of online measurements of voice quality parameters during the call duration.
LACK - a VoIP Steganographic Method
Note that we needed to collect a multi-modal user-generated set of pictures and annotations for this research, as the application we employed was designed to be a personal system: only the user that generated the voice tags was meant to use them for retrieval.
A Refined Experience Sampling Method to Capture Mobile User Experience
The DARM readout signal is amplified, filtered, and then direc ted to the voice coil actuators on the mirrors at the ends of the arm cavities.
Accurate calibration of test mass displacement in the LIGO interferometers
Calibration of the ETM actuation coefficient at a given frequ ency is achieved by modulating the ETM position using the voice coil actuators at the desired frequency and simultaneously modulating the laser power at a nearby frequency, typically offset by about 0.1 Hz.
Accurate calibration of test mass displacement in the LIGO interferometers
Frequency modulation provides a force-free method for calibrating the ETM voice coil actuators.
Accurate calibration of test mass displacement in the LIGO interferometers
Contrasting views were voiced at this conference, with signs of incipient polarisation in this area.
Hard Probes 2010: Experimental Summary
For instance, if a rule assigns the value [-voiced] in its output, during parsing the value of the feature “voiced” in the segments affected by the rule becomes uninstantiated.
Parsing Using Linearly Ordered Phonological Rules
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