- The definition of a voice is a sound made by the mouth.
- An example of a voice is someone who sings beautifully.
- An example of a voice is someone reading out loud to a child.
- To voice is defined as to express through words.
An example of to voice is stating concerns about something.
- sound made through the mouth, esp. by human beings in talking, singing, etc.
- the ability to make sounds orally or to speak, sing, etc.: to lose one's voice
- any sound regarded as like vocal utterance: the voice of the sea
- anything regarded as like vocal utterance in communicating to the mind: the voice of one's conscience
- a specified condition, quality, or tone of vocal sound: an angry voice
- the characteristic speech sounds normally made by a particular person: to recognize someone's voice over the phone
- an expressed wish, choice, opinion, etc.: the voice of the people
- the right to express one's wish, choice, opinion, etc., or to make it prevail; vote: to have a voice in one's government
- utterance or expression: giving voice to his joy
- the person or other agency by which something is expressed or made known: a newspaper known to be the voice of the administration
- a characteristic of verbs, expressed in some languages by inflection, indicating the relation of the subject to the action of the verb either as agent (active voice), recipient (passive voice), or both, as in reflexives (middle voice); also, an analytic category based on this characteristic
- any of the forms a verb takes to indicate this characteristic
- musical sound made with the mouth; singing
- the quality of a particular person's singing: a good voice
- a singer
- any of the individual parts sung or played together in a musical composition
- Phonet. sound made by vibration of the vocal cords with air forced from the lungs, as in the articulation of all vowels and such consonants as (b), (d), (g), and (m)
Origin of voiceMiddle English ; from Old French vois ; from Classical Latin vox (gen. vocis), a voice ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wekw-, to speak from source Sanskrit vákti, (he) speaks, Classical Greek ossa, ōps, voice, Old English woma, noise
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- a. The sound produced by the vocal organs of a vertebrate, especially a human.b. The ability to produce such sounds: He has laryngitis and has lost his voice.c. The mind as it produces verbal thoughts: listening to the voice within.
- A specified quality, condition, or pitch of vocal sound: a hoarse voice; the announcer's booming voice.
- Linguistics Expiration of air through vibrating vocal cords, used in the production of vowels and voiced consonants.
- A sound resembling or reminiscent of vocal utterance: the murmuring voice of the forest.
- Music a. Musical sound produced by vibration of the human vocal cords and resonated within the throat and head cavities.b. The quality or condition of a person's singing: a baritone in excellent voice.c. A singer: a choir of excellent voices.d. One of the individual vocal or instrumental parts or strands in a composition: a fugue for four voices; string voices carrying the melody. Also called voice part.
- a. Expression; utterance: gave voice to their feelings at the meeting.b. A medium or agency of expression: a newsletter that serves as a neighborhood voice.c. The right or opportunity to express a choice or opinion: a territory that has a voice, but not a vote, in Congress.
- Grammar A property of verbs or a set of verb inflections indicating the relation between the subject and the action expressed by the verb: “Birds build nests” uses the active voice; “nests built by birds” uses the passive voice. Also called diathesis.
- The distinctive style or manner of expression of an author or of a character in a book.
transitive verbvoiced voiced, voic·ing, voic·es
- To give expression to; utter: voice a grievance.
- Linguistics To pronounce with vibration of the vocal cords.
- Music a. To provide (a composition) with voice parts.b. To regulate the tone of (the pipes of an organ, for example).
- To provide the voice for (a cartoon character or show, for example): The animated series was voiced by famous actors.
Origin of voiceMiddle English, from Old French vois, from Latin vōx, vōc-; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
- Sound uttered by the mouth, especially that uttered by human beings in speech or song; steven; sound thus uttered considered as possessing some special quality or character; as, the human voice; a pleasant voice; a low voice.
- (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, sg, sh, etc., and also whisper.
- The tone or sound emitted by anything
- After the fire a still small voice. — 1 Kings 19:12
- Canst thou thunder with a voice like him? — Job 40:9
- The floods have lifted up their voice. — Psalms 93:3
- O Marcus, I am warm’d; my heart Leaps at the trumpet’s voice. — Joseph Addison
- The faculty or power of utterance; as, to cultivate the 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. — Galatians 4:20
- My voice is in my sword. — Shakespeare, Macbeth, V-vii
- Let us call on God in the voice of his church. — Bp. Fell
- Opinion or choice expressed; judgment; a vote.
- 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 voice. — John Dryden
- 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. — Deuteronomy 8:20
- One who speaks; a speaker.
- A potent voice of Parliament. — Alfred Tennyson
- (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.
- (Internet, IRC) A flag associated with a user on a channel, determining whether or not they can send messages to the channel.
(third-person singular simple present voices, present participle voicing, simple past and past participle voiced)
- To give utterance or expression to; to utter; to publish; to announce; to divulge; as, to voice the sentiments of the nation.
- (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.
- To fit for producing the proper sounds; to regulate the tone of; as, to voice the pipes of an organ.
- (Internet) To assign the voice flag to a user on IRC, permitting them to send messages to the channel.
- (television, film) To act as a voice actor to portray a character.
terms etymologically related to the noun or verb voice
From Middle English vois, from Anglo-Norman voiz, voys, voice, Old French vois, voiz (Modern French voix), from Latin vōcem, accusative form of Latin vōx (“voice”), from Proto-Indo-European *wek-, *wekʷ-, *wokʷ- (“to utter, speak”). Cognate with Sanskrit वच् (“to say, speak”), German erwähnen (“to mention”). Displaced native Middle English steven (“voice”), from Old English stefn (see steven), Middle English rouste (“voice”) from Old Norse raust, and Middle English rearde (“voice”) from Old English reord. Compare advocate, advowson, avouch, convoke, epic, vocal, vouch, vowel.
voice - Computer Definition
Sounds made through the mouth by humans while talking, singing, or otherwise audibly communicating through the use of vocal organs. Although human voice frequencies mostly fall in the range of 100