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

  • n. A word considered only as a sequence of sounds or letters rather than as a unit of meaning.
  • adj. Capable of being voiced or spoken.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A word or utterance, especially with reference to its form rather than its meaning.
  • n. A syllable or sound without specific meaning, used together with or in place of actual words in a song.
  • adj. Able to be uttered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word; a term; a name; specifically, a word considered as composed of certain sounds or letters, without regard to its meaning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word; a term; a name; specifically, a word considered without regard to meaning, but merely as composed of certain sounds or letters.

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

  • n. a word that is spoken aloud


French, from Old French, from Latin vocābulum, name, from vocāre, to call.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French vocable or Latin vocabulum, from Latin vocō ("I call"). (Wiktionary)


  • Adonis _Adonis_ apropos _apropo_ bowsprit _bowsprit_ brooch _broch_ not _broosh_ compromise _compromize_ jowl _jol_, not like _owl_ molecular _molecular_ ogle _ogle_ trow _tro_ vocable _vocable_ zoology _zoology_, not _zoo_

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • Further, an approach to symbolic description of musical sounds informed by human perception termed vocable synthesis is provided by McLean and Wiggins 2009.

    July « 2009 « Alex McLean

  • 2007 – Got interested in timbre and the voice, came up with the idea vocable synthesis.

    December « 2009 « Alex McLean

  • Categories events haskell livecoding misc music openframeworks papers perl rant supercollider visualisation vocable voronoi wovensound

    March « 2010 « Alex McLean

  • The changing nuances, the the fine and shaded colorations of the feminine vowels are married to the consonants which outline the masculine structure of the vocable.

    Sense & Sensuality

  • Un groupe du Parti libéral du Québec voulait proposer une «proclamation de la citoyenneté québécoise» au prochain congrès libéral mais a dû renoncer à ce vocable après le dépôt du projet de loi 195 du Parti québécois.

    Memo to Sanctimonious Liberal Bloggers

  • It is a simple but I think effective vocable synthesiser that runs in a web browser.

    November « 2008 « Alex McLean

  • This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 10:29 am and is filed under events, livecoding, music, perl, vocable.

    Dorkcamp and new demo « Alex McLean

  • Ideas breed vocables; but seldom, except among rhymesters, does a vocable give birth to a popular idea: and in Arabic “Sibr,” as well as

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • To a Tahirian, a vocable by itself was a signal - an alarm cry, for example - but not a word.



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  • "A word; a term; a name; specifically, a word considered without regard to meaning, but merely as composed of certain sounds or letters."

    --Century Dictionary

    March 9, 2011