Vocal chords
Vocal Vo"cal (v[=o]"kal), a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices. [1913 Webster]

To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, Made vocal by my song. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody; vocal prayer. ``Vocal worship.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, spoken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds. [1913 Webster]

4. (Phon.) (a) Consisting of, or characterized by, voice, or tone produced in the larynx, which may be modified, either by resonance, as in the case of the vowels, or by obstructive action, as in certain consonants, such as v, l, etc., or by both, as in the nasals m, n, ng; sonant; intonated; voiced. See {Voice}, and {Vowel}, also Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 199-202. (b) Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel. [1913 Webster]

{Vocal cords} or {Vocal chords}. n. pl. (Anat.) The two pairs of mucous membranes that project into the larynx, and which produce the sounds of speech by vibrating under the influence of air exhaled from the lungs. See {Larynx}, and the Note under {Voice}, n., 1.

{Vocal fremitus} [L. fremitus a dull roaring or murmuring] (Med.), the perceptible vibration of the chest wall, produced by the transmission of the sonorous vibrations during the act of using the voice.

{Vocal music}, music made by the voice, in distinction from {instrumental music}; hence, music or tunes set to words, to be performed by the human voice.

{Vocal tube} (Anat.), the part of the air passages above the inferior ligaments of the larynx, including the passages through the nose and mouth. [1913 Webster]


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  • vocal chords — see vocal cords …   English dictionary

  • ˈvocal ˌchords — noun [plural] the very thin muscles inside your throat that you use for making sounds …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • vocal cords, vocal chords — noun (plural) thin pieces of muscle in your throat that produce sounds when you are speaking …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Vocal — Vo cal (v[=o] kal), a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices. [1913 Webster] To hill or valley,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vocal cords — Vocal Vo cal (v[=o] kal), a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices. [1913 Webster] To hill or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vocal fremitus — Vocal Vo cal (v[=o] kal), a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices. [1913 Webster] To hill or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vocal music — Vocal Vo cal (v[=o] kal), a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices. [1913 Webster] To hill or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vocal tube — Vocal Vo cal (v[=o] kal), a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices. [1913 Webster] To hill or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vocal cords — vocal chords n [plural] thin pieces of muscle in your throat that produce sounds when you speak …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vocal cords — vocal ,cords or vocal ,chords noun plural the very thin muscles inside your throat that you use for making sounds …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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