[ voh-koh-der ]
/ ˈvoʊˌkoʊ dər /


an electronic device that synthesizes speech.

Origin of vocoder

First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples 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


/ (ˈvəʊˌkəʊdə) /


music a type of synthesizer that uses the human voice as an oscillator
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