American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A speech sound, such as (ē) or (ĭ), created by the relatively free passage of breath through the larynx and oral cavity, usually forming the most prominent and central sound of a syllable.
- n. A letter, such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in the English alphabet, that represents a vowel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The vowel-points, except holem and shuruk, are written below the consonants. The holem is placed above the letter, and the dot of the shuruk within the letter vau to the left .
- To pay (debts) by an “I O U.”
- n. One of the openest, most resonant, and continuable sounds uttered by the voice in the process of speaking; a sound in which the element of tone, though modified and differentiated by positions of the mouth-organs, is predominant; a tone-sound, as distinguished from a fricative (in which a rustling between closely approximated organs is the predominant element), from a mute (in which the explosion of a closure is characteristic), and so on. Vowel and consonant are relative terms, distinguishing respectively the opener and closer utterances; but there is no absolute division between them. Certain sounds are so open as to be only vowels; certain others so close as to be only consonants; but there are yet others which have the value now of vowels and now of consonants. Thus, l and n have frequently vowel-value in English, as in apple, token; and r is in various languages a much-used vowel. Also, the semivowels y and w are not appreciably different from the i-vowel (of pique) and the u-vowel (of rule) respectively. A sound, namely, is a vowel if it forms the central or open element of a syllable, being a syllable either alone or in conjunction with the closer sounds (consonants) that accompany it. (See
syllable.) The openest of the vowels is a (as in far, father); the closest are i and u (in pique, rule); and these three, with e and o (as in they, tone), intermediate respectively between a and i and a and u, are hardly wanting in any known human language. But many others are found in various languages, and their number is theoretically unlimited.
- n. The letter or character which represents such a sound
- Pertaining to a vowel; vocal.
- To provide or complete with vowels; insert vowels in (a word or syllable).
- n. phonetics A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
- n. A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, and sometimes y.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Phon.) 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
consonantin 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.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.
- n. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
- n. a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
- From Old French vouel (French: voyelle), from Latin vōcālis ("voiced"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vowelle, from Old French vouel, from Latin (littera) vōcālis, sounding (letter), from vōx, vōc-, voice. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the voice thus produced comes out through the mouth held well open, a class of sounds is formed which we call vowel sounds.”
“Meanwhile the eh vowel is moving towards the short-u uh vowel so that ‘bed’ is starting to sound like ‘bud’.”
“One of the main reason why you must NOT make a liaison after "et" (= 'and', pronounced "é") in front of a vowel is often to avoid nonsense and confusion.”
“The rules for using "a" or "an" are based on the SOUND of the first letter of the word vowel or consonant not the actually written word.”
“Ten of the 12 intervals generated by the analysis of either English or Mandarin vowel spectra are those used in just intonation tuning, whereas 4 of the 12 match the Pythagorean tuning and only 1 of the 12 intervals matches those used in equal temperament.”
“In ‘the initial a is preceded by the so called spiritus lends (’), a sign which must be placed in front or at the top of any vowel beginning a Greek word, and which represents that slight aspiration or soft breathing almost involuntarily uttered, when we try to pronounce a vowel by itself.”
“In English transcription, which I use in this book, it's simply represented by the letter "a," as in the words kalb (kah-leb; dog) or walad (wah-lahd; boy). damma: The second main Arabic vowel is the damma (dah-mah).”
“You referred to the vowel in the first syllable of the “PEH-duh-file” pronunciation as being a schwa, but the schwa is a sound that occurs only in unaccented syllables, like the first syllable of “about.””
“When the vowel is short in the future, it is also short in the 1st aorist.”
“(A) A final long vowel is shortened before _al_ (_'l_) or _ibn_ (whose _i_ is then silent).”
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Interesting, there is a traditional vocabulary of an Ukrainian, that differs from vocabulary of average American. It would be nice to explore it.
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Patterned words! Any word that alternates vowels and consonants with no consonants next to each other, and no vowels next to each other. (And a letter limit of no less than 5)
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