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An exercise, composition, or arrangement in which a performer sings solmization syllables or other meaningless vocal sounds rather than a text.
[French, from vocaliser, to vocalize, from vocal, vocal, from Old French; see vocal.]
v. Chiefly British
Variant of vocalize.
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(Music, other) a musical passage sung upon one vowel as an exercise to develop flexibility and control of pitch and tone; solfeggio
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an exercise for the voice with melodic material sung melismatically or to various syllables.
[1870–75; < French]
v.t., v.i. -ised, is•ing.
Chiefly Brit. vocalize.
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Past participle: vocalised
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|Verb||1.||vocalise - sing (each note a scale or in a melody) with the same vowel|
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
|2.||vocalise - pronounce as a vowel; "between two consonants, this liquid is vowelized"|
|3.||vocalise - express or state clearly|
|4.||vocalise - utter with vibrating vocal chords |
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
chirk - make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird
|5.||vocalise - utter speech sounds|
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