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vocal

[voh-kuhl]
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.
a.
vocalic ( def 1 ).
noun
7.
a vocal sound.
8.
a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment. Compare instrumental ( def 6 ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin vōcālis, equivalent to vōc- (stem of vōx) voice + -ālis -al1

vocality [voh-kal-i-tee] , vocalness, noun
vocally, adverb
nonvocal, adjective, noun
nonvocally, adverb
nonvocalness, noun
nonvocality, noun


5. vociferous, outspoken.
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vocal (ˈvəʊkəl)
 
adj
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
 a.  of or relating to a speech sound
 b.  of or relating to a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
 
n
9.  a piece of jazz or pop music that is sung
10.  a performance of such a piece of music
 
[C14: from Latin vōcālis possessed of a voice, from vōx voice]
 
vocality
 
n
 
'vocally
 
adv

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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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vocal vo·cal (vō'kəl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the voice.

  2. Capable of emitting sound or speech.

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