voicelessly (adverb) (no comparatives)
A reference to a speechless condition or a communication without sounds: June voicelessly kissed her little boy good night after he had gone to sleep because she didn't want to wake him up.
voicelessness (s) (noun) (no plural)
Being unable to speak because of injury or illness and so incapable of all but whispered speech: A person's voicelessness is the result of a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of verbal activities.
voiceprint (s) (noun)
, voiceprints (pl)
1. When recording a person’s voice electronically, and representing it in a graphic form, a person can be biometrically identified: It is interesting that no two people in the world have the same voiceprint
, just as no two people have the same fingerprints.
2. A representation in a graph form of the frequencies that make up someone's voice: In voiceprint
, usually the rate of occurrence of a person’s speech is plotted on the vertical and the time is located on the horizontal axis.
The voiceprint the police used to identify the man who had spoken on the victim’s answering machine was very helpful in solving the crime that was committed on the weekend.
, vouches; vouched; vouching
1. To assert or to confirm as a result of one's own experience, the truth or accuracy of something: Monika has lived in Marburg, Germany, for a long time and can vouch for it being very picturesque with timbered houses and a castle on top of a hill.
2. To provide supporting evidence for the quality of somebody or an item: It was no problem for Jane to vouch for her sister when she wanted to have a loan from the bank, since she had never been in debt her whole life.
3. To give personal assurances, or guarantees: Hank was willing to vouch for his friend's trustworthiness.
4. To constitute supporting evidence or to give substantiation in a legal trial: Mr. Stevenson vouched for his friend in affirming his innocence during the trial at court.
5. Etymology: from Latin vocitare, "to call to, to summon insistently"; from Latin vocare, "to call, to call upon, to summon".
voucher (s) (noun)
, vouchers (pl)
A small printed piece of paper that entitles the holder to a discount, or which may be exchanged for produced goods, specified items, or services: When Margaret went to the jewelry store to buy a bracelet, she was given a voucher for 10 percent off if she would buy the item within the next ten days.
, vouchsafes; vouchsafed; vouchsafing
1. To promise, to give, or to allow something to take place: The supervisor, where Jim was working, vouchsafed that the contract, which he was negotiating, would cost the customers very little.
2. To grant or to give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: Shirley decided to vouchsafe a request that was made by her son when he asked if he could go to an afternoon movie.
3. Etymology: from Middle English; "from vouchen sauf, "to vouch or to claim as safe"; from vouchen, "allege, affirm" + sauf, "safe". The one-word form is first recorded in Middle English as fouchesaf in about 1330.
vowel (s) (noun)
, vowels (pl)
1. A speech sound made with the vocal tract open: "Oh!", said Jane when she repeated what her baby girl had uttered, encouraging her to repeat this vowel again!
2. A letter of the alphabet that represents a spoken sound: In English, the vowels are "a", "e", "i", "o", "u", and sometimes "y".
vox (s) (noun)
, voces (pl)
1. Voice production when air from the lungs passes over the stretched vocal cords: The resultant voces
, or vibrations, are modified by the tongue, palate (roof of the mouth), and the lips to produce speech, singing, etc.
The vox is also called the "voice box" and it is located deep in the throat between the pharynx (passage that connects the back of the mouth and the nose) and the trachea (windpipe).
2. Etymology: from Latin; literally, "voice".
Vox populi, vox Dei. (Latin)
Translation: "The voice of the people is the voice of God."
This doesn't mean that the voice of the people is wise or from God, but only that the voice of the people is irresistible and can't be ignored.
Vox populi; vox pop. (Latin)
Translation: "The voice of the people."
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