Definitions

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

  • adj. Not expressed or uttered: unvoiced fears.
  • adj. Linguistics Voiceless: unvoiced consonants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not spoken or expressed.
  • adj. Spoken without vibration of the vocal chords.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not spoken; unuttered; not articulated or pronounced.
  • In phonetics, not uttered with voice as distinct from breath; unintonated; surd.

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

  • adj. not made explicit
  • adj. produced without vibration of the vocal cords

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Examples

  • In tracing the characteristic phenomenon of life from simple beginnings in that vast region which may be called unvoiced, as exemplified in the world of plants, to its highest expression in the animal kingdom, one is repeatedly struck by the one dominant fact that in order to maintain an organism at the height of its efficiency something more than a mechanical perfection of its structure is necessary.

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose His Life and Speeches

  • Over at Bell Labs, "shh" is called unvoiced fricatives, or "unvoiced hiss energy," pulmonary turbulence modulated by tongue, teeth and lips.

    NPR Topics: News

  • "In tracing the characteristic phenomena of life from simple beginnings in that vast region which may be called unvoiced, as exemplified in the world of plants, to its highest expression in the animal kingdom, one is repeatedly struck by the one dominant fact that in order to maintain an organism at the height of its efficiency something more than a mechanical perfection of its structure is necessary.

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose His Life and Speeches

  • These "unvoiced" sounds seem less popular with listeners (

    New Scientist - Online News

  • "Voiced plosives," we're told, "are like rigid, elastic hits, and unvoiced plosives like nonrigid, inelastic hits."

    A Sound Check For the Ages

  • Let's ask Mr. Impatient (hehehe) about those unvoiced liasons.

    pressé - French Word-A-Day

  • As if in response to his unvoiced thoughts, the lights in the foyer and corridor promptly extinguished, to be replaced seconds later by smaller, dimmer substitute emergency illumination.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony

  • She mouthed, Kill it, and he had to admire her in her extremity, because there was no speech, not even the faintest aspiration, just the drawn-back lips and the grimace of the unvoiced verb.

    The Silence

  • Most of the time, we can differentiate between a “b” and a “p” sound over the phone, even though the audio cues that make the difference between these voiced on unvoiced plosive consonants live in the higher frequencies that are lost over phone circuits.

    Time To Make Phone Calls Sound Better? « Steve Wildstrom on Tech

  • In fact, "th" represents two different sounds in English, a voiced and an unvoiced consonant.

    Reclaiming þorn

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