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vowel    音標拼音: [v'ɑʊəl]
n. 元音
a. 元音的

母音母音的

vowel
n 1: a speech sound made with the vocal tract open [synonym:
{vowel}, {vowel sound}] [ant: {consonant}]
2: a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel

Vowel \Vow"el\, n. [F. voyelle, or an OF. form without y, L.
vocalis (sc. littera), from vocalis sounding, from vox,
vocis, a voice, sound. See {Vocal}.] (Phon.)
A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by
resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each
case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character
or quality as a sound of speech; -- distinguished from a
{consonant} in that the latter, whether made with or without
vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind
of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or
character which represents such a sound. See Guide to
Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 146-149.
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Note: In the English language, the written vowels are a, e,
i, o, u, and sometimes w and y. The spoken vowels are
much more numerous.
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{Close vowel}. See under {Close}, a.

{Vowel point}. See under {Point}, n.
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Vowel \Vow"el\, a.
Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.
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126 Moby Thesaurus words for "vowel":
accented, allophone, alveolar, apical, apico-alveolar,
apico-dental, articulated, articulation, aspiration, assimilated,
assimilation, back, barytone, bilabial, broad, cacuminal, central,
cerebral, check, checked, close, consonant, consonantal,
continuant, dental, diphthong, dissimilated, dissimilation, dorsal,
epenthetic vowel, explosive, flat, front, glide, glossal, glottal,
glottalization, guttural, hard, heavy, high, intonated, labial,
labialization, labiodental, labiovelar, laryngeal, lateral, lax,
light, lingual, liquid, low, manner of articulation, mid,
modification, monophthong, monophthongal, morphophoneme, mute,
muted, narrow, nasal, nasalized, occlusive, open, oxytone, palatal,
palatalized, parasitic vowel, peak, pharyngeal, pharyngealization,
pharyngealized, phone, phoneme, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pitch,
pitched, plosive, posttonic, prothetic vowel, retroflex, rounded,
segmental phoneme, semivowel, soft, sonant, sonority, speech sound,
stop, stopped, stressed, strong, surd, syllabic, syllabic nucleus,
syllabic peak, syllable, tense, thick, throaty, tonal, tonic,
transition sound, triphthong, twangy, unaccented, unrounded,
unstressed, velar, vocable, vocal, vocalic, vocoid, voice, voiced,
voiced sound, voiceless, voiceless sound, voicing, vowellike, weak,
wide