1 Means of producing sounds in humans and animals using 2 vibrating agents called vocal cords. The various kinds of human v., e.g. soprano, tenor, bass, etc., are described under their individual entries.
2 Separate strand of mus. in counterpoint or harmony, also known as ‘part’ or, more confusingly, ‘voice‐part’ (e.g. a Mass for 5 voices is not a work for 5 singers but for 5 different vocal ranges, each of which could contain any number of singers). A fugue is in several vv. or parts, whether these are sung or played.
3 As verb, meaning to adjust org.‐pipe at construction stage so that it meets required standards of pitch, etc.