Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pronounce (a normally voiced sound) without vibration of the vocal chords so as to make it wholly or partly voiceless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pronounce a word with little movement of the vocal chords
  • v. To remove the voice flag from a user on IRC, preventing them from sending messages to the channel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. utter with tense vocal chords

Etymologies

de- +‎ voice (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As they expanded, they began, for inscrutable Frankish reasons, to devoice word-final obstruents this is the blue isogloss, thereby establishing Frankish as its own distinct, highly conservative dialect.

    The PIE and Pre-PIE pronominal system from the perspective of a wave model

  • Theoretically, the stemfinal *bʰ would devoice to *p in original *skerbʰ- once speakers of Indo-European no longer were consciously aware of the historical connection with *gʰrebʰ-, and this would especially occur after *s- came to be irregularly omitted and phonotactic "stop voicing harmony" pressures took over.

    PIE "look-alike stems" - *(s)kerp- vs. *gʰrebʰ-

  • Now, the question is, did they continue to devoice word-final obstruents?

    The PIE and Pre-PIE pronominal system from the perspective of a wave model

  • They might go devoice hoping to find a better partner, but since they think it's all others' fault, they will repeat the same error over and over.

    Women in Groups: Question

  • There's another possible problem with this version of the hypothesis, namely why the loss of creakiness common in IE affects no Semitic language, and most of them rather devoice the sounds again.

    Ejective or Pharyngealized Stops in Proto-Semitic?

  • Some googling turn'd up a paper arguing for aspirate devoicing postdating Grassman's law, on the basis of roots where G.L. doesn't produce alternation and which do not devoice in Greek.

    Rhaetic inscriptions Schum PU 1 and Schum CE 1

  • One is to devoice *dʰ entirely to *tʰ (as in Greek); another is to somehow fill in the absent voiceless aspirate *tʰ (as in Sanskrit).

    Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and phonation - Part 2

  • Maybe I should add for completeness, that if Grassman's Law surfaced already during this hypothetical common "phonation shift" between Proto-Hellenic and Proto-Indo-Iranian, then forms like Greek títhēmi would have to be explained as resulting from analogical pressures that forced *d to devoice along with *dʰ in the underlying post-Grassman's-Law form, *dídʰehmi.

    Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and phonation - Part 2

  • It can now sense a connected devoice with a dead battery and provide a trickle charge to enable the device to come back to life and establish a connection.

    EE Times-Asia

  • ich recycle du recyclest er/sie recycles wir recycle ihr recycle sie recycle using an -ed past form though seems pointless since the vast majority of Germans will always devoice the final anyway.

    languagehat.com: DOWNGELOADET?

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