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

vo′cal·is′tic adj.
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1. the exercise of the voice, as in singing or speaking
2. (Music, other) singing, esp in respect to technique or skill
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics
a. a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
b. a system of vowels as used in a language
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(ˈvoʊ kəˌlɪz əm)

1. the use of the voice, as in speech or song.
2. the act, principles, or art of singing.
3. the system of vowels of a language.
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Phonetics. the system of vowels in a given language. — vocalic, adj.
See also: Linguistics
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vocalism - the system of vowels used in a particular language
phonemic system - the system of phonemes recognized in a language
2.vocalism - the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract; "a singer takes good care of his voice"; "the giraffe cannot make any vocalizations"
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
sprechgesang, sprechstimme - a style of dramatic vocalization between singing and speaking
voice over - the voice on an unseen commentator in a film of television program
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The use of the speech organs to produce sounds:
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Even though it was double-cast, she did not take a backseat to anyone, deservedly receiving critical accolades for her brilliant vocalism and heart-wrenching pathos.
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First he assembles, in collage fashion, brief quotations from several scientific sources (few of which were published after 1980) in support of his theories, especially with regard to vocal registration; then he faults science for its marginal contribution to practical vocalism. Taken out of their context, these references form a somewhat meaningless mosaic of disparate pieces of information.
I can't imagine any singer or teacher arguing that appropriate physical alignment and freedom from unproductive tension are unimportant; that either element can guarantee excellent vocalism remains unproven.
Her performance was a tour de force--a mix of stunning vocalism and searing emotion.
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From there the pendulum swings back to Gluck, who tried (of course in vain) to restrain the irresistible human impulse towards pure sensuous vocalism.
There is an ease and wonderful vocalism in these songs.
Luckily, this interpretation did not intrude upon her smooth vocalism. Similarly, the Ottavio of Antonio Poli came across as a stronger character than usual and was also complemented by singing of a high order in both his arias.
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