devocalize
transitive verb Date: 1877 devoice

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  • Devocalize — De*vo cal*ize, v. t. To make toneless; to deprive of vowel quality. {De*vo cal*i*za tion}, n. [1913 Webster] If we take a high vowel, such as (i) [= nearly i of bit], and devocalize it, we obtain a hiss which is quite distinct enough to stand for …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devocalize — (Amer.) v. make toneless; deprive of vowel quality (also devocalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • devocalize — devocalization, n. /dee voh keuh luyz /, v.t., devocalized, devocalizing. Phonet. 1. to devoice. 2. to convert (a speech sound) from a vowel to a glide. Also, esp. Brit., devocalise. [1875 80; DE + VOCALIZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • devocalize — de·vocalize …   English syllables

  • devocalize — de•vo•cal•ize [[t]diˈvoʊ kəˌlaɪz[/t]] v. t. ized, iz•ing phn to devoice • Etymology: 1875–80 de•vo cal•i•za′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • devocalize — (ˈ)dē+ transitive verb Etymology: de + vocalize : devoice …   Useful english dictionary

  • Devocalization — Devocalize De*vo cal*ize, v. t. To make toneless; to deprive of vowel quality. {De*vo cal*i*za tion}, n. [1913 Webster] If we take a high vowel, such as (i) [= nearly i of bit], and devocalize it, we obtain a hiss which is quite distinct enough… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devocalized — devocalize (Amer.) v. make toneless; deprive of vowel quality (also devocalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • devocalizes — devocalize (Amer.) v. make toneless; deprive of vowel quality (also devocalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • devocalizing — devocalize (Amer.) v. make toneless; deprive of vowel quality (also devocalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

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