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vowel

A vowel is a letter that represents a speech sound made with one’s airway (the mouth and vocal chords) open and without touching one’s tongue to the teeth, lips, or the roof of the mouth. It is contrasted with consonants, which are formed by obstructing one’s airway in some way so as to create a harder, more defined speech sound. Together, vowels and consonants form syllables in speech.
There are five letters that are considered to be true vowels: A, E, I, O, and U.
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vow·el

 (vou′əl)
n.
1. A speech sound, such as (ē) or (ĭ), created by the relatively free passage of breath through the larynx and oral cavity, usually forming the most prominent and central sound of a syllable.
2. A letter, such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in the English alphabet, that represents a vowel.

[Middle English vowelle, from Old French vouel, from Latin (littera) vōcālis, sounding (letter), from vōx, vōc-, voice; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

vowel

(ˈvaʊəl)
n
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics a voiced speech sound whose articulation is characterized by the absence of friction-causing obstruction in the vocal tract, allowing the breath stream free passage. The timbre of a vowel is chiefly determined by the position of the tongue and the lips
2. (Linguistics) a letter or character representing a vowel
[C14: from Old French vouel, from Latin vocālis littera a vowel, from vocālis sonorous, from vox a voice]
ˈvowel-less adj
ˈvowel-ˌlike adj

vow•el

(ˈvaʊ əl)

n.
1. a speech sound, as (ē), (o͝o), or (a), produced without occluding, diverting, or obstructing the flow of air from the lungs, and usu. constituting the sound of greatest sonority in a syllable (opposed to consonant).
2. a letter or other symbol representing a vowel sound, as, in English, a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y or w.
[1275–1325; < Old French vouel < Latin vocālis vocal]

vowel

A speech sound or letter representing one that is not pronounced using constriction, for example, “a, e, i, o, u.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vowel - a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
speech sound, phone, sound - (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
ablaut - a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
diphthong - a vowel sound that starts near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves toward the position for another
schwa, shwa - a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables
stem vowel, thematic vowel - a vowel that ends a stem and precedes an inflection
consonant - a speech sound that is not a vowel
2.vowel - a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
vowel point - a mark placed below or near a consonant (as in Hebrew or Arabic) to indicate the spoken vowel

vowel

adjective
Characterized by, containing, or functioning as a vowel or vowels:
Translations
حَرْف صَوْتيحَرْفٌ مُتَحَرِّكصائِت، حَرْف عِلَّه
samohláska
vokalvokallyd
vokaali
samoglasniksamoglas
magánhangzó
sérhljóðsérhljóîsérhljóîi
母音
모음
balsėbalsis
patskaņa burtspatskanis
samohláska
samoglasnik
samoglasnik
vokal
เสียงสระ
ünlüünlüler
nguyên âm

vowel

[vaʊəl]
A. Nvocal f
B. CPD vowel shift Ncambio m vocálico
vowel sound Nsonido m vocálico
vowel system Nsistema m vocálico

vowel

[ˈvaʊəl] nvoyelle fvowel sound nson m vocalique
English vowel sounds → les voyelles anglaises

vowel

nVokal m, → Selbstlaut m; vowel systemVokalismus m; vowel soundVokal(laut) m

vowel

[ˈvaʊl] nvocale f

vowel

(ˈvauəl) noun
1. in English and many other languages, the letters a, e, i, o, u.
2. (also vowel sound) any of the sounds represented by these five letters or by y , or by combination of these with each other and/or w .

vowel

حَرْفٌ مُتَحَرِّك samohláska vokal Vokal φωνήεν vocal vokaali voyelle samoglasnik vocale 母音 모음 klinker vokal samogłoska vogal гласный vokal เสียงสระ ünlü nguyên âm 元音

vowel

n. vocal.
References in classic literature ?
A vowel is that which without impact of tongue or lip has an audible sound.
Naumann's pronunciation of the vowel seemed to stretch the word satirically.
J is a consonant in English, but some nations use it as a vowel --
At the enunciation of the aspirate, Fuddy-Duddy, the incapable terrapin, came to a dead halt, and before the vowel had died away up the ravine had folded up all his eight legs and lain down in the dusty road, regardless of the effect upon his derned skin.
In reading this you must sound the final "e" in each word except when the next word begins with an "h" or with another vowel.
There is no doubt that Mr Brass intended some compliment or other; and it has been argued with show of reason that he would have said Buffon, but made use of a superfluous vowel.
It was a sonorous, harmonious, and flexible dialect, the vowels seeming to admit of very varied accentuation.
The senhora is both weelful and pivish," said he, mixing the two vowels which (with the aspirate) were his only trouble with our tongue.
The name of a woman should be agreeable, sweet, fanciful; it should end in long vowels, and resemble words of benediction.
Therefore, though the whole point of his "Current Shorthand" is that it can express every sound in the language perfectly, vowels as well as consonants, and that your hand has to make no stroke except the easy and current ones with which you write m, n, and u, l, p, and q, scribbling them at whatever angle comes easiest to you, his unfortunate determination to make this remarkable and quite legible script serve also as a Shorthand reduced it in his own practice to the most inscrutable of cryptograms.
1968, Vowel Quantity in Word and Utterance in Estonian.
It would be reasonable to expect the same situation for *v before the long vowel u.