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[voks] /vɒks/
a device in certain types of telecommunications equipment, as telephone answering machines, that converts an incoming voice or sound signal into an electrical signal that turns on a transmitter or recorder that continues to operate as long as the incoming signal is maintained.
Origin of VOX
acronym from voice-operated keying, altered to conform to Latin vōx voice

vox et praeterea nihil

[wohks et prahy-te-re-ah ni-hil; English voks et pri-teer-ee-uh nahy-hil] /ˈwoʊks ɛt praɪˈtɛ rɛˌɑ ˈnɪ hɪl; English ˈvɒks ɛt prɪˈtɪər i ə ˈnaɪ hɪl/
a voice and nothing more.

vox populi

[voks pop-yuh-lahy] /ˈvɒks ˈpɒp yəˌlaɪ/
the voice of the people; popular opinion. Abbreviation. vox pop.
From the Latin word vōx populī

vox populi, vox Dei

[wohks poh-poo-lee wohks de-ee; English voks pop-yuh-lahy voks dee-ahy, dey-ee] /woʊks ˈpoʊ pʊˌli woʊks ˈdɛ i; English vɒks ˈpɒp yəˌlaɪ vɒks ˈdi aɪ, ˈdeɪ i/
the voice of the people (is) the voice of God. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "VOX Angelica is that lovely soft stop in the swell," said Johan.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • The VOX Bensonorum was as familiar as the Congregational bell.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • But even in these, who does not remember the power of the VOX humana stop?

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • VOX populi, VOX Dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • It was about this time that he talked about the "nux vomica," instead of the "VOX Populi."

British Dictionary definitions for VOX


noun (pl) voces (ˈvəʊsiːz)
a voice or sound
Word Origin
Latin: voice

vox populi

the voice of the people; popular or public opinion
Word Origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for VOX


Latin, literally "voice" (see voice (n.)).

vox populi


1540s, Latin, literally "voice of the people." The full maxim (first attested in Medieval Latin) is vox populi, vox Dei "the voice of the people is the voice of God." Short form vox pop attested by 1964.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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