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English Dictionary: vowel by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a speech sound made with the vocal tract open [syn: vowel, vowel sound]
    Antonym(s): consonant
  2. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Vowel \Vow"el\, a.
      Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Vowel \Vow"el\, n. [F. voyelle, or an OF. form without y, L.
      vocalis (sc. littera), from vocalis sounding, from vox,
      vocis, a voice, sound. See {Vocal}.] (Phon.)
      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
      {consonant} in 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, [sect][sect] 5, 146-149.
      Note: In the English language, the written vowels are a, e,
               i, o, u, and sometimes w and y. The spoken vowels are
               much more numerous.
      {Close vowel}. See under {Close}, a.
      {Vowel point}. See under {Point}, n.
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