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vocal

[voh-kuh l] /ˈvoʊ kəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or uttered with the voice:
the vocal mechanism; vocal criticism.
2.
rendered by or intended for singing:
vocal music.
3.
having a voice:
A dog is a vocal, but not a verbal, being.
4.
giving forth sound with or as with a voice.
5.
inclined to express oneself in words, especially copiously or insistently:
a vocal advocate of reform.
6.
Phonetics.
  1. vocalic (def 1).
  2. voiced.
noun
7.
a vocal sound.
8.
a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.
Compare instrumental (def 6).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin vōcālis, equivalent to vōc- (stem of vōx) voice + -ālis -al1
Related forms
vocality
[voh-kal-i-tee] /voʊˈkæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
vocalness, noun
vocally, adverb
nonvocal, adjective, noun
nonvocally, adverb
nonvocalness, noun
nonvocality, noun
Synonyms
5. vociferous, outspoken.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-vocality

vocal

/ˈvəʊkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or designed for the voice vocal music
2.
produced or delivered by the voice vocal noises
3.
connected with an attribute or the production of the voice vocal organs
4.
frequently disposed to outspoken speech, criticism, etc a vocal minority
5.
full of sound or voices a vocal assembly
6.
endowed with a voice
7.
eloquent or meaningful
8.
(phonetics)
  1. of or relating to a speech sound
  2. of or relating to a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
noun
9.
a piece of jazz or pop music that is sung
10.
a performance of such a piece of music
Derived Forms
vocality (vəʊˈkælɪtɪ) noun
vocally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin vōcālis possessed of a voice, from vōx voice
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Word Origin and History for non-vocality
vocal
late 14c., "spoken, oral," from O.Fr. vocal, from L. vocalis "sounding, sonorous, speaking," as a noun, "a vowel," from vox (gen. vocis) "voice" (see voice). In reference to music (as opposed to instrumental), first recorded 1580s; meaning "outspoken" first attested 1871.
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non-vocality in Medicine

vocal vo·cal (vō'kəl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the voice.

  2. Capable of emitting sound or speech.

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