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

  • n. The act, practice, or production of one that voices.
  • n. Music Tonal quality or blend of an instrument in an ensemble, especially a jazz ensemble, or of the ensemble as a whole.
  • n. Linguistics The vibration of the vocal cords during the production of speech or a speech sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of voice.
  • n. the final regulation of the pitch and tone of any sound-producing entity, especially a musical instrument
  • n. a particular arrangement of notes to form a chord.
  • n. the articulatory process in which the vocal cords vibrate
  • n. a classification of speech sounds that tend to be associated with vocal cord vibration

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, process, or result of regulating the tone of organ-pipes, so that they shall sound with the proper power, pitch, and quality.

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

  • n. the act of adjusting an organ pipe (or wind instrument) so that it conforms to the standards of tone and pitch and color


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