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[voh-koh-der] /ˈvoʊˌkoʊ dər/
an electronic device that synthesizes speech.
Origin of vocoder
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for vocoder
Contemporary Examples
  • He barely lets his voice be heard without distorting it with a vocoder, adding to the eerie, robot-cold feel of it all.

    Kanye's Heartbreak Touré December 1, 2008
Historical Examples
  • Mike switched off the vocoder, flipped his intercom to the temporary galley in the morgue, and ordered two breakfasts readied.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
  • Making a vocoder to reproduce that speech is going to be fun.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • As the second set of drawings neared completion, Ishie glanced at the clock, then turned to the Cow's vocoder.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for vocoder


(music) a type of synthesizer that uses the human voice as an oscillator
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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vocoder in Technology

Hardware or software which implements a compression algorithm particular to voice.
For example Qualcomm uses a vocoding algorithm to compresses voice data in digital communication systems such as wireless CDMA and Eudora voice attach.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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