Definitions for voicelessness
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word voicelessness
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
having no voice; mute.
uttering no words; silent.
having an unmusical voice.
having no vote or right of choice.
(of a speech sound) pronounced without vibration of the vocal cords, as the consonants (p), (f), and (s).
Origin of voiceless:
a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
whisper, whispering, susurration, voicelessness(noun)
speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
having no voice in the management or control of affairs
"the voicelessness of those who live in situations of hopelessness"
The condition of being voiceless
In linguistics, voicelessness is the property of sounds being pronounced without the larynx vibrating. Phonologically, this is a type of phonation, which contrasts with other states of the larynx, but some object that the word "phonation" implies voicing, and that voicelessness is the lack of phonation. The International Phonetic Alphabet has distinct letters for many voiceless and modally voiced pairs of consonants, such as. In addition, there are diacritics for voicelessness, ⟨ ⟩ and ⟨ ⟩, which is used for letters with a descender. Diacritics are typically used with letters for prototypically voiced sounds, such as vowels and sonorant consonants.
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