voiceless ADJECTIVE 1) lacking a voice; speechless. 2) Phonetics (of a speech sound) uttered without resonance of the vocal cords.

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  • Voiceless — Voice less, a. 1. Having no voice, utterance, or vote; silent; mute; dumb. [1913 Webster] I live and die unheard, With a most voiceless thought, sheathing it as a sword. Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. (Phon.) Not sounded with voice; as, a voiceless… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • voiceless — [vois′lis] adj. 1. having no voice; dumb; mute 2. not speaking; silent 3. not spoken; not uttered [a voiceless wish] 4. lacking a musical voice or the ability to sing 5. having no voice, or vote; lacking suffrage 6. Phonet. articulated without… …   English World dictionary

  • voiceless — index mute, speechless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • voiceless — (adj.) 1530s, unable to speak, from VOICE (Cf. voice) (n.) + LESS (Cf. less). Meaning having no say in affairs is from 1630s; that of unspoken, unuttered is from 1816. In phonology, unvoiced, from 1867. Related: Voicelessly; voicelessness …   Etymology dictionary

  • Voiceless — In linguistics, the term voiceless describes the pronunciation of sounds when the larynx does not vibrate. Phonologically, this is a type of phonation, which contrasts with other states of the larynx, but some object that the word phonation… …   Wikipedia

  • voiceless — [[t]vɔ͟ɪsləs[/t]] 1) ADJ A voiceless speech sound is one that is produced without vibration of the vocal cords. [TECHNICAL] ...the voiceless th . 2) ADJ Someone who is voiceless is unable to speak. [WRITTEN] His voiceless lips formed the words… …   English dictionary

  • voiceless — voice|less [ˈvɔısləs] adj 1.) unable to get your opinions or concerns noticed by people in power ▪ The vast majority of our people feel ignored and voiceless. 2.) technical voiceless sounds are made without using the ↑vocal cords. For example,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • voiceless — voicelessly, adv. voicelessness, n. /voys lis/, adj. 1. having no voice; mute. 2. uttering no words; silent. 3. having an unmusical voice. 4. unspoken; unuttered: voiceless sympathy. 5. having no vote or right of choice. 6 …   Universalium

  • voiceless — adjective technical voiceless sounds are made without using the vocal cords . For example, and /k/ are voiceless consonants …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • voiceless — adjective Date: 1535 1. having no voice ; mute 2. not voiced ; surd < a voiceless consonant > • voicelessly adverb • voicelessness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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