vocable n : a word that is spoken aloud [syn: spoken word]
- a word or utterance, especially with
reference to its form
rather than its meaning
- 1974: Without words and almost with the seriousness of asylum nurses they at once set upon an unsavoury-looking matron who began to cry out Mediterranean vocables of distress. — Anthony Burgess, The Clockwork Testament
- a term
In speech, a vocable is an utterance, term, or word that is capable of being spoken and recognized. A non-lexical vocable is used without semantic role or meaning, while structure of vocables is often considered apart from any meaning. A vocable consists of one or a sequence of phonemes and may be represented by a string of letters or other symbols.
Non-lexical vocables are often used in music.
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