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Voice \Voice\, n. [OE. vois, voys, OF. vois, voiz, F. voix, L. vox, vocis, akin to Gr. ? a word, ? a voice, Skr. vac to say, to speak, G. erw["a]hnen to mention. Cf. Advocate, Advowson, Avouch, Convoke, Epic, Vocal, Vouch, Vowel.]

  1. Sound uttered by the mouth, especially that uttered by human beings in speech or song; sound thus uttered considered as possessing some special quality or character; as, the human voice; a pleasant voice; a low voice.

    He with a manly voice saith his message.

    Her voice was ever soft, Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman.

    Thy voice is music.

    Join thy voice unto the angel choir.

  2. (Phon.) Sound of the kind or quality heard in speech or song in the consonants b, v, d, etc., and in the vowels; sonant, or intonated, utterance; tone; -- distinguished from mere breath sound as heard in f, s, sh, etc., and also whisper.

    Note: Voice, in this sense, is produced by vibration of the so-called vocal cords in the larynx (see Illust. of Larynx) which act upon the air, not in the manner of the strings of a stringed instrument, but as a pair of membranous tongues, or reeds, which, being continually forced apart by the outgoing current of breath, and continually brought together again by their own elasticity and muscular tension, break the breath current into a series of puffs, or pulses, sufficiently rapid to cause the sensation of tone. The power, or loudness, of such a tone depends on the force of the separate pulses, and this is determined by the pressure of the expired air, together with the resistance on the part of the vocal cords which is continually overcome. Its pitch depends on the number of a["e]rial pulses within a given time, that is, on the rapidity of their succession. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 146, 155.

  3. The tone or sound emitted by anything.

    After the fire a still small voice.
    --1 Kings xix. 12.

    Canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
    --Job xl. 9.

    The floods have lifted up their voice.
    --Ps. xciii. 3.

    O Marcus, I am warm'd; my heart Leaps at the trumpet's voice.

  4. The faculty or power of utterance; as, to cultivate the voice.

  5. Language; words; speech; expression; signification of feeling or opinion.

    I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
    --Gal. iv. 20.

    My voice is in my sword.

    Let us call on God in the voice of his church.
    --Bp. Fell.

  6. Opinion or choice expressed; judgment; a vote.

    Sic. How now, my masters! have you chose this man? 1 Cit. He has our voices, sir.

    Some laws ordain, and some attend the choice Of holy senates, and elect by voice.

  7. Command; precept; -- now chiefly used in scriptural language.

    So shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.
    --Deut. viii. 20.

  8. One who speaks; a speaker. ``A potent voice of Parliament.''

  9. (Gram.) A particular mode of inflecting or conjugating verbs, or a particular form of a verb, by means of which is indicated the relation of the subject of the verb to the action which the verb expresses.

    Active voice (Gram.), that form of the verb by which its subject is represented as the agent or doer of the action expressed by it.

    Chest voice (Phon.), a kind of voice of a medium or low pitch and of a sonorous quality ascribed to resonance in the chest, or thorax; voice of the thick register. It is produced by vibration of the vocal cords through their entire width and thickness, and with convex surfaces presented to each other.

    Head voice (Phon.), a kind of voice of high pitch and of a thin quality ascribed to resonance in the head; voice of the thin register; falsetto. In producing it, the vibration of the cords is limited to their thin edges in the upper part, which are then presented to each other.

    Middle voice (Gram.), that form of the verb by which its subject is represented as both the agent, or doer, and the object of the action, that is, as performing some act to or upon himself, or for his own advantage.

    Passive voice. (Gram.) See under Passive, a.

    Voice glide (Pron.), the brief and obscure neutral vowel sound that sometimes occurs between two consonants in an unaccented syllable (represented by the apostrophe), as in able (a"b'l). See Glide, n., 2.

    Voice stop. See Voiced stop, under Voiced, a.

    With one voice, unanimously. ``All with one voice . . . cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.''
    --Acts xix. 34.

active voice

n. (context grammar English) the form in which the subject of a verb carries out some action

active voice

n. the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice" [syn: active] [ant: passive voice]

Active voice

Active voice is a grammatical voice common in many of the world's languages. It is the unmarked voice for clauses featuring a transitive verb in nominative–accusative languages, including English and most other Indo-European languages.

Active voice is used in a clause whose subject expresses the main verb's agent. That is, the subject does the verb's designated action. A clause whose agent is marked as grammatical subject is called an active clause. In contrast, a clause in which the subject has the role of patient or theme is named a passive clause, and its verb is expressed in passive voice. Many languages have both an active and a passive voice; this allows for greater flexibility in sentence construction, as either the semantic agent or patient may take the subject syntactic role.

Usage examples of "active voice".

But if marrying a man meant that she could have a more active voice in running Dragonard Hill, she would certainly do it.

It was Defense Minister Emeritus Pundarik Zahin, still very much an active voice with the ruler whom he had brought to power and kept there through ten years of civil war.