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vocalise1

[voh-kuh-leez] /ˌvoʊ kəˈliz/
noun
1.
a musical composition consisting of the singing of melody with vowel sounds or nonsense syllables rather than text, as for special effect in classical compositions, in polyphonic jazz singing by special groups, or in virtuoso vocal exercises.
2.
any such singing exercise or vocalized melody.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < French vocalise, apparently noun derivative of vocaliser to vocalize, with -ise taken as a noun suffix (see -ise2)

vocalise2

[voh-kuh-lahyz] /ˈvoʊ kəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), vocalised, vocalising.
1.
Chiefly British, vocalize.
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British Dictionary definitions for vocalise

vocalise

/ˌvəʊkəˈliːz/
noun
1.
a musical passage sung upon one vowel as an exercise to develop flexibility and control of pitch and tone; solfeggio

vocalize

/ˈvəʊkəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to express with or use the voice; articulate (a speech, song, etc)
2.
(transitive) to make vocal or articulate
3.
(transitive) (phonetics)
  1. to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
  2. to change (a consonant) into a vowel
4.
another word for vowelize
5.
(intransitive) to sing a melody on a vowel, etc
Derived Forms
vocalization, vocalisation, noun
vocalizer, vocaliser, noun
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