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aural1

[awr-uh l] /ˈɔr əl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to an aura.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; aur(a) + -al1

aural2

[awr-uh l] /ˈɔr əl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ear or to the sense of hearing.
Origin
1840-50; < Latin aur(is) the ear + -al1
Related forms
aurally, adverb
Can be confused
aural, oral.
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Examples from the web for aural
  • Attending an opera performance is as much a visual experience as it is aural.
  • Identifying birds in the dark is obviously an aural process.
  • While the visual aspect is stunning the aural aspect is a cacophonous mess.
  • The surround sound was good but no aural nirvana.
  • Your only aural clue is beeping at 9300 rpm as the computer's about to shut the engine down to save it.
  • To this day, I have trouble staying awake for what is basically aural material.
  • Movement is the sole determinant in translating and producing aural information.
  • It offers a kind of aural collage of the fractious and volatile political environment here.
  • Rock stars also enjoy a rush that comes with getting instant, aural feedback.
  • It's not an ambulance, whose aural signature Paul would recognize.
British Dictionary definitions for aural

aural1

/ˈɔːrəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the sense or organs of hearing; auricular
Derived Forms
aurally, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin auris ear

aural2

/ˈɔːrəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an aura
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Word Origin and History for aural
adj.

1847, "pertaining to the ear," from Latin auris "ear" (see ear (n.1)) + -al (1). Meaning "received or perceived by ear" is attested from 1860. Related: Aurally.

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aural in Medicine

aural au·ral1 (ôr'əl)
adj.
Relating to or perceived by the ear.

aural au·ral2 (ôr'əl)
adj.
Characterized by or relating to an aura.

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