|vocalize or vocalise (ˈvəʊkəˌlaɪz)|
|1.||to express with or use the voice; articulate (a speech, song, etc)|
|2.||(tr) to make vocal or articulate|
|a. to articulate (a speech sound) with voice|
|b. to change (a consonant) into a vowel|
|4.||another word for vowelize|
|5.||(intr) to sing a melody on a vowel, etc|
|vocalise or vocalise|
|vocali'zation or vocalise|
|vocali'sation or vocalise|
|'vocalizer or vocalise|
|'vocaliser or vocalise|
any sound produced through the action of an animal's respiratory system and used in communication. Vocal sound, which is virtually limited to frogs, crocodilians and geckos, birds, and mammals, is sometimes the dominant form of communication. In many birds and nonhuman primates the adult repertoire comprises a number of different calls, used to indicate territoriality, aggression, alarm, fright, contentment, hunger, the presence of food, or the need for companionship. Bird song (q.v.), the most intensively studied of animal vocalizations, consists primarily of territorial and mating calls.
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