Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a word that is spoken aloud

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, from Latin vocābulum, name, from vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French vocable or Latin vocabulum, from Latin vocō ("I call").

Examples

  • 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.

    Questions of creativity « Alex McLean

  • 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

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

    2000 to 2009 « Alex McLean

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

    March « 2010 « Alex McLean

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

    April « 2010 « Alex McLean

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

    January « 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

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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