from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A speech sound, such as (ē) or (ĭ), created by the relatively free passage of breath through the larynx and oral cavity, usually forming the most prominent and central sound of a syllable.
- n. A letter, such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in the English alphabet, that represents a vowel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
- n. A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, and sometimes y.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.
- n. 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
consonantin 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, §§ 5, 146-149.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pay (debts) by an “I O U.”
- n. One of the openest, most resonant, and continuable sounds uttered by the voice in the process of speaking; a sound in which the element of tone, though modified and differentiated by positions of the mouth-organs, is predominant; a tone-sound, as distinguished from a fricative (in which a rustling between closely approximated organs is the predominant element), from a mute (in which the explosion of a closure is characteristic), and so on.
- n. The letter or character which represents such a sound
- Pertaining to a vowel; vocal
- To provide or complete with vowels; insert vowels in (a word or syllable).
- n. The vowel-points, except holem and shuruk, are written below the consonants. The holem is placed above the letter, and the dot of the shuruk within the letter vau to the left .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
- n. a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
If the voice thus produced comes out through the mouth held well open, a class of sounds is formed which we call vowel sounds.
Meanwhile the eh vowel is moving towards the short-u uh vowel so that ‘bed’ is starting to sound like ‘bud’.
One of the main reason why you must NOT make a liaison after "et" (= 'and', pronounced "é") in front of a vowel is often to avoid nonsense and confusion.
The rules for using "a" or "an" are based on the SOUND of the first letter of the word vowel or consonant not the actually written word.
Ten of the 12 intervals generated by the analysis of either English or Mandarin vowel spectra are those used in just intonation tuning, whereas 4 of the 12 match the Pythagorean tuning and only 1 of the 12 intervals matches those used in equal temperament.
In ‘the initial a is preceded by the so called spiritus lends (’), a sign which must be placed in front or at the top of any vowel beginning a Greek word, and which represents that slight aspiration or soft breathing almost involuntarily uttered, when we try to pronounce a vowel by itself.
In English transcription, which I use in this book, it's simply represented by the letter "a," as in the words kalb (kah-leb; dog) or walad (wah-lahd; boy). damma: The second main Arabic vowel is the damma (dah-mah).
You referred to the vowel in the first syllable of the “PEH-duh-file” pronunciation as being a schwa, but the schwa is a sound that occurs only in unaccented syllables, like the first syllable of “about.”
When the vowel is short in the future, it is also short in the 1st aorist.
(A) A final long vowel is shortened before _al_ (_'l_) or _ibn_ (whose _i_ is then silent).