voice mail

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or voice mail  (vois′māl′)
1. Any of various systems for answering telephone calls and recording and saving messages.
2. A recorded message left by a caller on a voicemail system or an answering machine.
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voice mail

1. (Telecommunications) an electronic system for the transfer and storage of telephone messages, which can then be dealt with by the user at his or her convenience
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voice′ mail`

an electronic communications system that routes voice messages interactively to appropriate recipients, stores the messages in digitized form, and notifies the recipients that the messages are available for playback through the system.
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Noun1.voice mail - a computerized system for answering and routing telephone calls; telephone messages can be recorded and stored and relayed
telephony, telephone - transmitting speech at a distance
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(vois) noun
1. the sounds from the mouth made in speaking or singing. He has a very deep voice; He spoke in a quiet/loud/angry/kind voice.
2. the voice regarded as the means of expressing opinion. The voice of the people should not be ignored; the voice of reason/conscience.
1. to express (feelings etc). He voiced the discontent of the whole group.
2. to produce the sound of (especially a consonant) with a vibration of the vocal cords as well as with the breath. `Th' should be voiced in `this' but not in `think'.
voiced adjective
(negative unvoiced).
ˈvoiceless adjective
voice mail noun
a system that stores telephone messages for subscribers to this service.
be in good voice
to have one's voice in good condition for singing or speaking. The choir was in good voice tonight.
lose one's voice
to be unable to speak eg because of having a cold, sore throat etc. When I had 'flu I lost my voice for three days.
raise one's voice
to speak more loudly than normal especially in anger. I don't want to have to raise my voice to you again.
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Transcripts read in court by the prosecutor, Andrew Edis, quoted the prince as saying "Hi, baby, it's me'' in one voice mail and referring to her as "babykins.'' They also chronicled his admission that he was almost shot with blank rounds during a night navigation drill.
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Voice mail can facilitate this communication by allowing an initial caller to leave a message for the recipient.
PTCL customers can access their Voice Mail Service 24/7 - even in power outages and if their answering machines stop working.
Aside from the convenience of accessing emails while away from the home, the company has also received positive feedback from many customers, including one that is hearing impaired and recently noted: "I want to thank Cox...[Readable Voice Mail] is great for hearing impaired folks such as myself because sometimes I can't understand my voice mails without playing them many times.
At the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, it was revealed that Mills might have leaked her own private voice mail messages from Sir Paul to Morgan.
* Unlike your e-mail inbox, voice mail is impossible to skim: If your phone tells you that you've got five new messages, you've got no choice but to listen to at least a bit of each one before you can decide what to do with it.
The phone also supports VZ Navigator to get audible turn-by-turn directions and Visual Voice Mail that allows customers to view, delete, reply, listen to and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions.
The same applies to voice mail. Traditional PBX systems only work for employees in the building, but hosted systems work for an entire distributed (or virtual) company since messages are recorded and stored at the hosting company.
For example, voice mail can be forwarded, or if the recipient adds text notes to the voice mail, messages can be found using built-in search.