Meaning of VOICE in English


n. & v.


1. a sound formed in the larynx etc. and uttered by the mouth, esp. human utterance in speaking, shouting, singing, etc. (heard a voice; spoke in a low voice). b the ability to produce this (has lost her voice).

2 a the use of the voice; utterance, esp. in spoken or written words (esp. give voice). b an opinion so expressed. c the right to express an opinion (I have no voice in the matter). d an agency by which an opinion is expressed.

3 Gram. a form or set of forms of a verb showing the relation of the subject to the action (active voice; passive voice).

4 Mus. a a vocal part in a composition. b a constituent part in a fugue.

5 Phonet. sound uttered with resonance of the vocal cords, not with mere breath.

6 (usu. in pl.) the supposed utterance of an invisible guiding or directing spirit.

1. give utterance to; express (the letter voices our opinion).

2 (esp. as voiced adj.) Phonet. utter with vibration of the vocal cords (e.g. b, d, g, v, z).

3 Mus. regulate the tone-quality of (organ-pipes).

Phrases and idioms:

in voice (or good voice) in proper vocal condition for singing or speaking. voice-box the larynx. the voice of God the expression of God's will, wrath, etc. voice-over narration in a film etc. not accompanied by a picture of the speaker. voice-print a visual record of speech, analysed with respect to frequency, duration, and amplitude. voice vote US a vote taken by noting the relative strength of calls of aye and no. with one voice unanimously.


-voiced adj. voicer n. (in sense 3 of v.).

Etymology: ME f. AF voiz, OF vois f. L vox vocis

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.