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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
voice /vɔɪs/USA pronunciation
n., v., voiced, voic•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
[countable] the sound or sounds uttered through the mouth of living creatures, esp. of human beings in speaking, singing, etc.
[uncountable] the pattern of such sounds characteristic of a particular person:I'd know his voice anywhere!
[uncountable] the ability to utter sounds through the mouth by controlling the air sent out; speech:He had such a sore throat that he lost his voice.
[uncountable] the condition or effectiveness of the voice for speaking or singing:in poor voice.
[countable] something like speech as conveying impressions to the mind:the voice of one's conscience.
[uncountable] expression in words or by other means:The audience gave voice to their disapproval.
[countable; usually singular] an expressed opinion, choice, will, or desire:the voice of the opposition.
[countable] the right to present and receive consideration of one's desires or opinions:to have a voice in company policy.
Music and Dance[countable] a singer:He is one of the great voices in opera.
Music and Dance[countable] a melodic part in a musical composition:a three-voice fugue.
Grammar[countable] a category or set of categories of the verb that show the relation of the subject to the verb:If the subject is the performer of the action, the verb is in the active voice; if the subject is the one receiving, benefiting, or being harmed by the action, then usually the verb is in the passive voice. The verb was carried is in the passive voice in the sentence I was carried to the hospital;
the verb carried is in the active voice in the sentence They carried me to the hospital.
v. [~ + object]
to express by words or utterances;
proclaim:They voiced their disapproval.
voice•less, adj. See -voc-.
- Idiomswith one voice, in complete agreement;
voice (vois), WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
n., v., voiced, voic•ing, adj.
the sound or sounds uttered through the mouth of living creatures, esp. of human beings in speaking, shouting, singing, etc.
the faculty or power of uttering sounds through the mouth by the controlled expulsion of air;
speech:to lose one's voice.
a range of such sounds distinctive to one person, or to a type of person or animal:Her voice is commanding.
Music and Dancethe condition or effectiveness of the voice for speaking or singing:to be in poor voice.
a sound likened to or resembling vocal utterance:the voice of the wind.
something likened to speech as conveying impressions to the mind:the voice of nature.
expression in spoken or written words, or by other means:to give voice to one's disapproval by a letter.
the right to present and receive consideration of one's desires or opinions:We were given no voice in the election.
an expressed opinion or choice:a voice for compromise.
an expressed will or desire:the voice of the people.
expressed wish or injunction:obedient to the voice of God.
the person or other agency through which something is expressed or revealed:a warning that proved to be the voice of prophecy.
Music and Dancea singer:one of our best voices.
Music and Dancea voice part:a score for piano and voice.
Phonetics[Phonet.]the audible result of phonation and resonance.
- a set of categories for which the verb is inflected in some languages, as Latin, and which is typically used to indicate the relation of the verbal action to the subject as performer, undergoer, or beneficiary of its action.
- a set of syntactic devices in some languages, as English, that is similar to this set in function.
Music and Dancethe finer regulation, as of intensity and color, in tuning, esp. of a piano or organ.
the still, small voice, the conscience:He was only occasionally troubled by the still, small voice.
with one voice, in accord; unanimously:They arose and with one voice acclaimed the new president.
to give utterance or expression to;
- any of the categories of these sets:the English passive voice; the Greek middle voice.
proclaim:to voice one's discontent.
- to regulate the tone of, as the pipes of an organ.
to utter with the voice.
Phonetics[Phonet.]to pronounce with glottal vibration.
Linguisticsto interpret from sign language into spoken language.
Computing[Computers.]of or pertaining to the use of human or synthesized speech:voice-data entry; voice output.
Computing[Telecommunications.]of or pertaining to the transmission of speech or data over media designed for the transmission of speech:voice-grade channel; voice-data network.
- to write the voice parts for (music).
5 . cry, call.6 . sound, language, speech, tongue.11 . order, command.12 . mouthpiece, organ.20 . reveal, disclose, publish.
- Latin vōcem, accusative of vōx; akin to vocāre to call, Greek óps voice, épos word (see epic), Sanskrit vakti (he) speaks
- Anglo-French voiz, voice (Old French voiz, vois)
- Middle English (noun, nominal) 1250–1300
top1 /tɑp/USA pronunciation
n., adj., v., topped, top•ping. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
the highest point, part, etc., of anything:the top of the mountain.
a lid of a container.
[usually singular] the highest or leading position:She's always ranked at the top of the class.
[countable; singular] the highest pitch or degree:shouting at the top of their voices.
the first part;
beginning:Take that last piece of music from the top.
Clothinga garment for the upper body:a skirt and a matching top.
a rooflike upper part or cover on a vehicle:They drove with the top down.
the head or the crown of the head:from top to toe.
Sportthe first half of an inning in baseball.
adj. [before a noun]
of or relating to the top; highest;
greatest:to pay top prices.
foremost, chief, or principal:Highest salaries are paid to the top players.
(among the) highest in rank or popularity; best:the top ten movies.
[~ + object] to furnish with a top;
put a top on:topped the sundae with a cherry.
[~ + object] to be at, form, or make up the top of:Ice cream topped the cake.
[~ + object] to reach the top of:to top the mountain peak.
[~ + object] to be greater than (something) in height, amount, etc.:Those unemployment figures topped the numbers for our worst years.
[~ + object] to surpass, excel, or outdo:I've seen some weird things before, but this tops everything.
[~ + object] to remove the top of; crop;
prune:to top a tree.
top out, [no object] to reach the highest level:Prices may have topped out at their highest level.
- to complete, esp. in a very good manner;
finish: [~ + off + object]On their anniversary they topped off the evening with champagne.[~ + object + off]And to top it off, they won three million dollars in the lottery.
top2 /tɑp/USA pronunciation
- Idiomsat the top of one's lungs or voice, as loudly as possible; with full voice.
- Idiomsoff the top of one's head, without thought or preparation:Off the top of my head I would say we've lost 83% of our oil refining capabilities.
- Idiomson top, successful;
on top of:
having won a victory:believes she'll always come out on top.
- over or upon:We put the plunger on top of the drain and pushed down hard.
- in addition to; over and above:They lost their jobs, car, and home, and on top of all that their children got sick.
- in control:The firefighters seem on top of the problem and will probably extinguish the fire soon.
- very or overly close to:People were living on top of each other.
- aware of; informed about:I like to stay on top of the news.
- Idiomson top of the world, very happy;
- a toy with a point on which it is made to spin.
- Idiomssleep like a top, to sleep soundly.
n., adj., v., topped, top•ping.
the highest or loftiest point or part of anything;
the uppermost or upper part, surface, etc., of anything.
the higher end of anything on a slope.
- a part considered as higher:the top of the street.
- high gear of an automobile.
- the part of a plant that grows above ground, esp. of an edible root.
the part of anything that is first or foremost; beginning:Let's go over it from the top again.
the highest or leading place, position, rank, etc.:at the top of the class.
the highest point, pitch, or degree:to talk at the top of one's voice.
a person or thing that occupies the highest or leading position.
the best or choicest part:the top of all creation.
a covering or lid, as of a container or vehicle.
Clothingany of various outer garments for the upper body, as a blouse, shirt, or sweater:a sale on cotton tops and shorts.
[Naut.]a platform surrounding the head of a lower mast on a ship, and serving as a foothold, a means of extending the upper rigging, etc.
[Chem.]the part of a mixture under distillation that volatilizes first.
- one of the tender tips of the branches or shoots of plants.
- the best card of a suit in a player's hand.
- (in duplicate bridge) the best score on a hand.
- a stroke that hits the ball above its center.
- the forward spin given to the ball by such a stroke.
- the first half of an inning.
- the first three batters in the batting order.
- a cluster of textile fibers, esp. tow, put on a distaff.
- a strand of the long wool fibers in sliver form, separated from noil by combing and wound into a large ball.
[Jewelry.]crown (def. 27).
blow one's top, [Informal.]
- a similar strand of rayon.
- to become enraged; lose one's temper.
off the top of one's head, [Informal.]See head (def. 56).
on top, successful;
- to go mad;
become insane:He must have blown his top to make such a fool of himself.
dominant:to stay on top.
on top of:
- in addition to; over and above.
- close upon;
following upon:Gale winds came on top of the floods.
on top of the world:
- in complete control:on top of the problem.
over the top:
- elated:The success made her feel on top of the world.
- [Mil.]over the top of the parapet before a trench, as in issuing to charge against the enemy.
the tops, [Informal.]the most outstanding person or thing in ability, favor, etc.:As a friend, she's the tops.
pertaining to, situated at, or forming the top; highest;
- surpassing a goal, quota, or limit.
upper:the top shelf.
highest in degree;
greatest:to pay top prices.
foremost, chief, or principal:to win top honors in a competition.
to furnish with a top; put a top on.
to be at or constitute the top of.
to reach the top of.
to rise above:The sun had topped the horizon.
to exceed in height, amount, number, etc.
to surpass, excel, or outdo:That tops everything.
[Theat.](in spoken dialogue) to reply in a voice of greater volume or higher pitch:King Henry must top the crowd noises in his St. Crispin's Day speech.
to surmount with something specified:to top a sundae with whipped cream.
to remove the top of; crop;
prune:to top a tall tree.
to get or leap over the top of (a fence, barrier, etc.).
[Chem.]to distill off only the most volatile part of (a mixture).
- to strike (the ball) above its center, giving it a forward spin.
to top-dress (land).
[Obs.]to have coitus with (a woman).
to rise aloft.
- to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this manner.
- to climax or complete, esp. in an exceptional manner;
finish:They topped off the evening with a ferryboat ride at midnight.
top oneself, [Chiefly Brit.]to kill oneself.
- to fill (a partly full container) completely:to top off a gas tank.
- to finish the top of (a structure).
- to reach the highest level.
Middle English, Old English;
cognate with Dutch top, German Zopf, Old Norse toppr top
- a toy, often inversely conical, with a point on which it is made to spin.
- sleep like a top, to sleep soundly:After a day of hiking and swimming we slept like tops.
Middle English, Old English;
cognate with Frisian, dialect, dialectal Dutch top
var. of topo- before a vowel:toponym.
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voice /vɔɪs/ n
- the sound made by the vibration of the vocal cords, esp when modified by the resonant effect of the tongue and mouth
- the natural and distinctive tone of the speech sounds characteristic of a particular person
- the condition, quality, effectiveness, or tone of such sounds: a hysterical voice
- the musical sound of a singing voice, with respect to its quality or tone: she has a lovely voice
- the ability to speak, sing, etc: he has lost his voice
- a sound resembling or suggestive of vocal utterance: the voice of the sea, the voice of hard experience
- written or spoken expression, as of feeling, opinion, etc (esp in the phrase give voice to)
- a stated choice, wish, or opinion or the power or right to have an opinion heard and considered: to give someone a voice in a decision
- an agency through which is communicated another's purpose, policy, etc: such groups are the voice of our enemies
- musical notes produced by vibrations of the vocal cords at various frequencies and in certain registers: a tenor voice
- (in harmony) an independent melodic line or part: a fugue in five voices
- the sound characterizing the articulation of several speech sounds, including all vowels or sonants, that is produced when the vocal cords make loose contact with each other and are set in vibration by the breath as it forces its way through the glottis
- a category of the verb or verbal inflections that expresses whether the relation between the subject and the verb is that of agent and action, action and recipient, or some other relation
- in voice ⇒ in a condition to sing or speak well
- with one voice ⇒ unanimously
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French voiz, from Latin vōxˈvoicer n
- to utter in words; give expression to: to voice a complaint
- to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
- to adjust (a wind instrument or organ pipe) so that it conforms to the correct standards of tone colour, pitch, etc