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Definitions of vowel

  1. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a speech sound made with the vocal tract open Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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, // 5, 146-149. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A simple vocal sound: opposite to consonant; a letter representing such a sound; as, a, e, i, o, u, and something w and y. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Of or pertaining to a vowel; as, a vowel sound. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A simple vocal sound: the letter representing such a sound. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Vocal: pertaining to a vowel. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. An open vocal sound. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Pertaining to a vowel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. An open vocal sound or a character representing it, as a, e, i, o, u. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Pertaining to a vowel; vocal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A sound uttered by simply opening the mouth or vocal organs, as the sound of a. e. o; the letter or character representing a simple sound. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A distinct simple sound uttered by the voice; in gram., one of the letters a, e, i, o, u, each of which represents a distinct sound, thus distinguished from the consonants, which represent imperfect sounds. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Pert. to or having the quality of a vowel; vocal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. 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, dictgcide_fs
  17. vow'el, n. a sound or tone produced by the unimpeded passage of the breath, when modified by the glottis into voice, through the tube of the mouth, which is made to assume different shapes by altering the form and position of the tongue and the lips--the letters a, e, i, o, u are called vowels, as being able to be sounded by themselves, with a continuous passage of the breath; but there are thirteen simple vowel sounds in English.--adj. vocal: pertaining to a vowel.--vs.t. VOW'EL, VOW'ELISE, to insert vowel signs in words written primarily with consonants only.--ns. VOW'ELISM, the use of vowels; VOW'ELIST, one given to vowelism.--adjs. VOW'ELLED, furnished with vowels; VOW'ELLESS, without vowels; VOW'ELLY, full of vowels.--VOWEL POINTS, marks inserted in consonantal word to indicate vowels. [Fr. voyelle--L. vocalis--vox, vocis, the voice.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Each of the more open sounds uttered in speaking, sound capable of forming a syllable, (opp. to, but not sharply divided from, consonant); letter representing this, e.g. a, e, i, o, u; neutral v. (heard in second syllable of cousin, reason, haddock); v.-gradation, = ABLAUT; v.-mutation, = UMLAUT; v.-point, each of a set of marks indicating vv. in Hebrew& other Oriental languages. Hence (-)vowelled, vowelless. vowelly, aa. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. [L.] In Gram., a letter which may be pronounced alone ; a diphthong consisting of two vowels whose sounds are regarded as running into one another. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  20. n. [French] A simple sound; an articulation which can be uttered by itself; a sound uttered by opening the mouth, or through a more open position of the organs than that with which a consonant is uttered: also, a letter or character which represents such a sound. Cabinet Dictionary

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