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

  • n. Use of the voice in speaking or singing.
  • n. Music The act, technique, or art of singing.
  • n. Linguistics A vowel sound.
  • n. Linguistics A system of vowels used in a language or dialect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. speaking or singing
  • n. The vowel sounds used in a language

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The exercise of the vocal organs; vocalization.
  • n. A vocalic sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The exercise of the vocal organs in speech or song; vocalization.
  • n. A vocalic sound.
  • n. See nominalism.

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

  • n. the system of vowels used in a particular language
  • n. the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract


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  • With her usual creamy vocalism, Ms. Fleming sang arias and duets covering many warring emotions, some beyond her vocal and theatrical skills.

    A Season of Meager Delights

  • And the judges offered a textbook of expressive types: Bridgewater's voice seamed yet brassy in "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," Elling firm and well-crafted as woodwork in "You Don't Know What Love Is," Reeves majestic in "Stormy Weather," and Austin unleashing a fusillade of vocalism in an urgent "Lady Be Good."

    Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist Competition 2010 at Kennedy Center

  • Of the two-dozen or more performances I have heard live, what is memorable in the best of them is not so much dazzling vocalism as an interpretive point of view.

    Rodney Punt: Schubert's Winterreise from Le Salon de Musiques

  • Indeed, though that album's title may smack of classic Hollywood, it is Mr. Calleja's classic vocalism that stands out on all his recordings.

    Here to Deal With the Devil

  • Still, despite this, the rest of the cast was not as strong, and there was as much cringe inducing vocalism and not.

    Down Mexico Way

  • Barbara Hannigan was extraordinary in the stratospheric, rapid-fire vocalism of Gepopo.

    Laughing in the Face of Death

  • Directed by Johannes Weigand, the singers 'physical language is as telling as their vocalism.

    Futility Finds a (Quiet) Voice

  • Baritone Haijing Fu offered an affecting portrayal of Seikyo, even in some almost-falsetto-range passages that evoked traditional Chinese opera vocalism.

    The Hun Wears Prada

  • The third movement is a brilliant evanescence of percussion overhanging string chords that soar wordlessly at the edge of vocalism, like a theremin; and the fourth movement casts intellectual brilliance aside and wraps things up, in time-honored style (think Brahms) with a rousing Hungarian dance.

    In performance: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

  • Going by the ś, we can trace zuśle back to an earliest form with full vocalism, *zusile.

    Fat porkers get sacrificed


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