- 1Of or relating to the human voice: nonlinguistic vocal effects like laughs and sobsMore example sentences
- It does this by filtering out sounds by frequency - usually around the normal vocal range of human voices.
- These songs plumb the depths of vocal technique and of human emotion, and Martel demonstrated a command of her instrument which one is hard put to compare with any other singer of her calibre.
- Dunbar contends that humans evolved vocal grooming as a more efficient form of bonding.
- 1.1 Anatomy Used in the production of speech sounds: the vocal apparatusMore example sentences
- Our vocal apparatus can produce a large diversity of sounds.
- There may also be evolutionary specializations of the motor system, for example to allow stronger voluntary control of the vocal apparatus.
- Finally, tension in the shoulders, neck and upper back often make people over-work their vocal muscles.
- 2Expressing opinions or feelings freely or loudly: he was vocal in condemning the actionMore example sentences
- You're correct that the populist view is not necessarily the right view, but those with centre-left leaning are more generally more vocal in their opinions.
- Professor Fraser said that he believed that ‘Council and just perhaps the Vice Chancellor did not realise the depth of opinion and how vocal it could be’.
- It's good to see the St. Vincent de Paul Society becoming more vocal and putting its opinions and vast experience on record in the media.
- 3(Of music) consisting of or incorporating singing.More example sentences
- When Barber began work on the score of Vanessa in 1954, he was already regarded as one of the US's foremost composers of orchestral and vocal music.
- Their style is melodic driving rock, with textured guitars and strong vocal harmony lines.
- He never studied abroad and never composed any vocal music.
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- 1A part of a piece of music that is sung.More example sentences
- For me, in terms of making music, I like melodies and vocals and chords and things like that.
- Sekouba's lead vocal soars along new melodies of his own invention and in his own language.
- You can also let Music Mixer strip out the vocals from music you already have.
- 1.1A musical performance involving singing.More example sentences
- Gahan's voice sounds very clean and warm as opposed to the bravura that occupies much of his vocals and performance.
- Attempts at performing his own vocals on his records just never seemed to deliver.
- Dodo Nkishi, who debuts his vocals on this album, was in full force at the gig.
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- Brooks's song fulfills the call of critics like Neil Nehring, who states that ‘emotion… supplies a missing link… between tactile vocality and meaning’.
- On application, season ticket applicants and members could be asked to quantify their vocality and their willingness to join, or indeed start, chants on a scale of 1-10.
- Encoded within the sense of loss of not being able wholly share my practice with her, was the realization that this was the process of discovering my own vocality.
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- Secondly, are those who moan so vocally about paying £6.50 per item aware of the true cost of those drugs in most instances?
- He said that Dion sounded vocally closer in age to 16 than 64 that evening, and that he was superb.
- Others rushed up the aisle to vocally protest the remarks, and one student tossed his cap and gown to the stage before leaving.
late Middle English: from Latin vocalis, from vox, voc- (see voice). Current senses of the noun date from the 1920s.