vocoder

[ voh-koh-der ]
/ ˈvoʊˌkoʊ dər /

noun

an electronic device that synthesizes speech.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of vocoder

First recorded in 1935–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for vocoder

  • 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 2, 2008|DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • 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
  • Making a vocoder to reproduce that speech is going to be fun.

    Naudsonce|H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for vocoder

vocoder
/ (ˈvəʊˌkəʊdə) /

noun

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