Vowel point
Vowel Vow"el, n. [F. voyelle, or an OF. form without y, L. vocalis (sc. littera), from vocalis sounding, from vox, vocis, a voice, sound. See {Vocal}.] (Phon.) A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character or quality as a sound of speech; -- distinguished from a {consonant} in that the latter, whether made with or without vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or character which represents such a sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 146-149. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the English language, the written vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes w and y. The spoken vowels are much more numerous. [1913 Webster]

{Close vowel}. See under {Close}, a.

{Vowel point}. See under {Point}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Vowel point — Point Point, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See {Pungent}, and cf. {Puncto}, {Puncture}.] 1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vowel point — n. in certain languages whose written form normally consists only of consonants, as Hebrew, a diacritical mark accompanying a consonant (to indicate the following vowel sound) or a neutral letter (to indicate esp. an initial vowel sound) …   English World dictionary

  • vowel point — punctuated vowel, vowel represented by punctuation rather than letters (Grammar) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vowel point — noun a mark placed below or near a consonant (as in Hebrew or Arabic) to indicate the spoken vowel • Hypernyms: ↑vowel …   Useful english dictionary

  • vowel point — noun Date: 1764 a mark placed below or otherwise near a consonant in some languages (as Hebrew) and representing the vowel sound that precedes or follows the consonant sound …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vowel point — vow′el point n. ling. any of a group of auxiliary symbols, as small lines and dots, placed above or below consonant symbols to indicate vowels in a writing system, as that of Hebrew or Arabic, in which vowels are otherwise not written • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

  • vowel point — any of a group of auxiliary symbols, as small lines and dots, placed above or below consonant symbols to indicate vowels in a writing system, as that of Hebrew or Arabic, in which vowels are otherwise not written. [1755 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • vowel point — noun each of a set of marks indicating vowels in writing phonetically explicit text in Semitic languages such as Hebrew and Arabic …   English new terms dictionary

  • vowel point — /ˈvaʊəl pɔɪnt/ (say vowuhl poynt) noun (in Hebrew and Arabic writing and systems derived from them) any of certain marks placed above or below consonant letters to indicate vowels …   Australian English dictionary

  • Point — Point, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See {Pungent}, and cf. {Puncto}, {Puncture}.] 1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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