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Characterized by movement of the lips or other speech organs without making audible sounds: subvocal speech.

sub·vo′cal·ly adv.


(Linguistics) in a subvocal manner, with subvocalization
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To illustrate the phonological loop, it has been compared to dialling a telephone number where subjects have to recall the different numbers and their order to dial it correctly, and to recall them, we usually repeat them aloud or subvocally (e.
The identically same meaning now appears through sound generated from the mouth of a reader across the space within the range of audibility for its audience--or it is subvocally pronounced by the silent reader.
Indeed, any poem I happened on in a literary journal or book that I particularly liked would cause me to utter, subvocally, the common confusion of an apprentice writer: "I wish I'd written that.
In sophisticated listeners, speech perception refers to a much wider range of behaviors from complying with requests to actually listening to what a speaker says, that is, subvocally echoing or otherwise talking to oneself (see Schlinger, 2008a).
The words in Hallam's letters are said to be "silent-speaking," probably because Tennyson pronounces them subvocally.
Skinner states that "one may see the larger cube, cut it covertly, separate the smaller cubes covertly, see their faces, count them subvocally, and so on, seeing the result in each case, until the solution is reached.