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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nasalitynoun

    a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators


  1. nasalitynoun

    the state or quality of being nasal


  1. nasality

    Nasality refers to the sound quality produced by airflow through the nose during speech or singing. It is a characteristic of some types of phonetics or vocalization. Nasality can also be a symptom of a speech disorder, caused by inappropriate use of nasal resonance, such as in cases of cleft palate or deafness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nasalitynoun

    the quality or state of being nasal

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. nasalit.]


  1. Nasality

    In normal speech, nasality is referred to as nasalization and is a linguistic category that can apply to vowels or consonants in a specific language. The primary underlying physical variable determining the degree of nasality in normal speech is the opening and closing of a velopharyngeal passageway between the oral vocal tract and the nasal vocal tract. In the normal vocal tract anatomy, this opening is controlled by lowering and raising the velum or soft palate, to open or close, respectively, the velopharyngeal passageway. In some types of abnormal speech, the term nasality, or more formally hypernasality, refers to an auditory impression about the speech, and is not a precise physical variable. Excess nasality is often observed in the speech of hearing impaired persons, who cannot adequately monitor this subtle characteristic of speech. It is also common with persons having a cleft palate, for whom another passage or passages may exist between the oral and nasal vocal tract, or distortion of the palate prevents or hinders an adequate velopharyngeal closure. Since nasality is a subtle characteristic of speech, it is sometimes not readily controlled in learning a foreign language or in child language learning.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nasality in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nasality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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