voice

Definitions

General English

Electronics

  • The sounds produced and heard when a human, or other organism, makes sounds intended for communication. Humans, for instance, use the appropriate anatomical organs and conduits, such as the larynx and trachea, along with the necessary physiological mechanisms, such as forcing air through the trachea to vibrate the vocal cords located in the larynx, to producing such sounds.
  • A human voice (1).
  • simulation of a voice (2) through the use of a device which incorporates a speaker and computer. Used, for example, in robotics, or to assist those with reduced speech ability. Also called artificial voice, or artificial speech.
  • Any sound resembling a voice (1).

Media Studies

  • noun the sound produced by using the vocal organs, especially the sound used in speech
  • noun a right to express an opinion
  • verb to provide the voiceover for a character in a cartoon or a radio or television advertisement

Medical

  • noun the sound made when a person speaks or sings

Origin & History of “voice”

Voice comes via Old French vois from Latin vōx ‘voice’, whose other contributions to English include vocal (14th c.), vociferous (17th c.), and vowel. Its ultimate source is the Indo-European base *wek- ‘speak, say’, which also produced Latin vocāre ‘call’, ancestor of English vocabulary, vocation, etc.
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