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chest voice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chest voice the lower ranges of the voice in speaking or singing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chest voice (Phon) a kind of voice of a medium or low pitch and of a sonorous quality ascribed to resonance in the chest, or thorax; voice of the thick register. It is produced by vibration of the vocal cords through their entire width and thickness, and with convex surfaces presented to each other.
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Usage

In literature:

There are three registers in female voices: chest, middle, and head.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
The valley seemed filled with the voices of those deep-chested, strong singers, and the chimes of Ste.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
My word, he must have a fine broad chest, Mark, and he has a wonderful voice for a song.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
But not to me murmered Mr Salteena and his voice trembled in his chest.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
A true use of the voice demands a full chest.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
His voice, like himself, was rough and brusque, rumbling hollow from the depths of his cavernous chest.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
The use of the thick or chest-voice in class-singing is dangerous.
"The Child-Voice in Singing" by Francis E. Howard
They were all deep-chested, strong-voiced men in the prime of life; and what a noise they did make, to be sure!
"The Thorogood Family" by R.M. Ballantyne
The deep chest voice of little Fyne was still in his ear.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Her slow, deep voice, chest notes of a musical vibration, stirred the room.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
But when Simon tried to speak, his chest and throat were constricted by fear, and his voice came out in a croak.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She appeared a span taller, and when she spoke her voice seemed to issue from a deep and powerful chest.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
His chest deepens, his shoulders broaden, his voice changes, his ideals are changed and enlarged.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The bishop is a grand and stately ecclesiastic of the mediaeval type, broad-chested, deep-voiced, martial of bearing.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
Well, we will see if this great and only true Italian method will put brains into a fool's head or voice into her chest.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
He recovered his voice as he drew in a deep breath which bulged his chest to barrel proportions.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
In one case he found a simple way of teaching chest-voice to a girl.
"Garcia the Centenarian And His Times" by M. Sterling Mackinlay
The dynamite shop was kept by a woman with a deep-chested, almost masculine voice, and a man with a squeaky feminine one.
"The White Terror and The Red" by Abraham Cahan
The song seemed to voice his own feelings as his chest rose and fell.
"Prairie Gold" by Various
Her voice was a warm breath in his ear and her arms slid over his chest while she talked.
"The Sex Life of the Gods" by Michael Knerr
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In news:

The study was prematurely terminated after 2 patients had been treated with the highest concentration of the antigenic suspension because of adverse effects, including chest tightness, coughing, and voice difficulties.
A 42-year-old man presented to the Center for Voice and Swallowing with symptoms of intermittent dysphagia and substernal chest pain.
I'm loaded up with gear — chest waders, two rods, a backpack and a chestpack full of hooks, leader line, weights, swivels, yarn — when an old voice cackled from the bank.
Too often his image draws the focus away from his one-of-a-kind voice, which leaps effortlessly from barrel-chested baritone to a dark, leathery tenor.
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In science:

For example, phonation only comes into perspective when connected with respiration; the articulators affect resonance (e.g., chest voice or head voice); the resonators affect the vocal folds; the vocal folds affect breath control; and so forth.
Music in Terms of Science
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