Voice or voicing is a term used in phonetics and phonology to characterize speech sounds, with sounds described as either voiceless or voiced. The term, however, is used to refer to two separate concepts. Voicing can refer to the articulatory process in which the vocal cords vibrate. This is its primary use in phonetics to describe phones, which are particular speech sounds. It can also refer to a classification of speech sounds that tend to be associated with vocal cord vibration but need not actually be voiced at the articulatory level. This is the term's primary use in phonology when describing phonemes, or in ...

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  1. 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.
    He with a manly voice saith his message. —
    Her voice was ever soft, Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman. — Shakespeare, King Lear, V-iii
    Thy voice is music. — Shakespeare, Henry V, V-ii
    Join thy voice unto the angel choir. —
  2. 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 , , sh, etc., and also whisper.
  1. 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. —
  2. The faculty or power of utterance; as, to cultivate the voice
  3. 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. —
  4. 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. —
  5. 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
  6. One who speaks; a speaker.
    A potent voice of Parliament. —
  7. 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.
  8. A flag associated with a user on a channel, determining whether or not they can send messages to the channel.


  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. —
    It was voiced that the king purposed to put to death Edward Plantagenet. —
  2. 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 appointShakespeare
  5. To clamor; to cry out, to stevenSouth
  6. To assign the voice flag to a user on IRC, permitting them to send messages to the channel.
  7. To act as a voice actor to portray a character.

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