Definition of Vowel. Meaning of Vowel. Synonyms of Vowel

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Definition of Vowel

Vowel
Vowel Vow"el, n. [F. voyelle, or an OF. form without y, L. vocalis (sc. littera), from vocalis sounding, from vox, vocis, a voice, sound. See Vocal.] (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 consonant in 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, [sect][sect] 5, 146-149. Note: In the English language, the written vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes w and y. The spoken vowels are much more numerous. Close vowel. See under Close, a. Vowel point. See under Point, n.
Vowel
Vowel Vow"el, a. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.

Meaning of Vowel from wikipedia

- A vowel is a syllabic speech sound pronounced without any stricture in the vocal tract. Vowels are one of the two prin****l classes of speech sounds, the...
- A back vowel is any in a class of vowel sound used in spoken languages. The defining characteristic of a back vowel is that the highest point of the tongue...
- A central vowel, formerly also known as a mixed vowel, is any in a class of vowel sound used in some spoken languages. The defining characteristic of...
- linguistics, vowel length is the perceived length of a vowel sound: the corresponding physical measurement is duration. In some languages vowel length is...
- the mid central vowel sound (rounded or unrounded) in the middle of the vowel chart, denoted by the IPA symbol ⟨ə⟩, or another vowel sound close to that...
- The Great Vowel Shift was a series of changes in the pronunciation of the English language that took place primarily between 1400 and 1700, beginning...
- The close-mid back rounded vowel, or high-mid back rounded vowel, is a type of vowel sound used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International...
- known as a gliding vowel, is a combination of two adjacent vowel sounds within the same syllable. Technically, a diphthong is a vowel with two different...
- A front vowel is a class of vowel sounds used in some spoken languages, its defining characteristic being that the highest point of the tongue is positioned...
- Other examples are the acute and grave accents, which can indicate that a vowel is to be pronounced differently than normal in that position, for example...