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  1. Senior Member
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    Contending in


    Can anybody explain to me the meaning of the bold text?

    Else he was aware of accumulated human voices, remotely articulate, contending in volubility, and finally melting into chaotic
    musical tones.

    Vaila, M.P.Shiel, 1896

    (Am I to understand that each of the "accumulated voices" wanted to get the upper hand over the other voices, simply to be louder than the others?)

    Thank you

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    Re: Contending in

    It means competing on the basis of fluency or talkativeness.


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