from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The art of projecting one's voice without moving the lips so that it appears to come from another source, such as a dummy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act, art, or practice of speaking in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from some other source, as from a dummy held by the ventriloquist, from the opposite side of the room, from the cellar, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act, art, or practice of speaking or uttering sounds in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from a distance, as from the opposite side of the room or from the Cellar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)
The only word in that passage which appears to hint at what we call ventriloquism is
As a boy he developed the skill in ventriloquism that he later used to earn his tuition at Northwestern University.
The voices are strong throughout, but Gregory's ventriloquism is at its best with Bess of Hardwick, a woman who managed to throw off the restrictions of birth, class and sex in order to achieve things that proved beyond her titled husband.
For some time his ventriloquism was a great annoyance to some few of the guard at Camp Douglas.
And it is a very common thing in Chinese opera to do these kind of ventriloquism, or to have cross-dressing, for instance.
Humans possessed by spirits are often described as ill or distressed, lacking power, control, and agency, and spirit possession has been described as a kind of ventriloquism in which mediums acquire a voice more powerful than their own as humans.
In fact, can't Shelley be said to be experimenting with a kind of radical "ventriloquism" from the time of his early collection, Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson?
It struck him that the creature was gifted "with this kind of ventriloquism in order to deceive its prey as to the distance it is from them."
The front cover features Ando in his "ventriloquism" mode.
Rather than treat a dead statesman as a useful dummy with which to practice the ventriloquism of modern discontents, the playwright has limited himself to bringing dramatic illumination to past events he has troubled himself to properly research.