univocal
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /juːnɪˈvəʊkəl/, /juːˈnɪvək(ə)l/
  • (America) IPA: /juːnɪˈvoʊkəl/, /juːˈnɪvək(ə)l/
Adjective

univocal (not comparable)

  1. Having only one possible meaning.
    • 1999, Karen Armstrong, The Case for God, Vintage 2010, p. 146:
      There were, he argued, some words, such as ‘fat’ or ‘exhausted’, that could not apply to God, but if such terms as ‘being’, ‘goodness’ or ‘wisdom’ were not univocal of God and creatures, ‘one could not naturally have any concept of God – which is false.’
  2. Containing instances of only one vowel; univocalic.
    • 2000, Gail Scott, ‎Robert Glück, ‎Camille Roy, Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative
      Eunoia is a univocal lipogram — an anomalous narrative, in which each vowel appears by itself in its own chapter, telling a story in its own voice.
    • 2002, Brick (issues 69-70, page 118)
      I read through the dictionary five times to extract an extensive lexicon of univocal words containing only one of the five vowels.
    • 2012, Lauren Elkin, ‎Scott Esposito, The End of Oulipo?: An attempt to exhaust a movement
      The book's main conceit is to make poetry from univocal words (words containing just one vowel) […]
  3. Having unison of sound, as the octave has in music.
  4. Having always the same drift or tenor; uniform; certain; regular.
    • 1890, Sir Thomas Browne, The Works of Sir Thomas Browne, volume I, George Bell and Sons, London, p. 258
      It is not indeed impossible, that from the sperm of a cock, hen, or other animal, being once in putrescence, either from incubation or otherwise, some generation may ensue; not univocal and of the same species, but some imperfect or monstrous production […]
  5. Unequivocal; indubitable.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Noun

univocal (plural univocals)

  1. A word having only one meaning.
  2. A document containing instances of only one vowel.



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