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vow•el /ˈvaʊəl/USA pronunciation
- Phoneticsa speech sound, as/i/USA pronunciation,/ʊ/USA pronunciation, or/ɑ/USA pronunciation, produced without stopping, blocking, or changing the path of the flow of air from the lungs.
- Phoneticsa letter or other symbol that represents a vowel sound, as, in English, a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.
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vowel /ˈvaʊəl/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French vouel, from Latin vocālis littera a vowel, from vocālis sonorous, from vox a voiceˈvowel-ˌlike adj
- 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
- a letter or character representing a vowel
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