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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Example sentences
Use the same body language and vocal cues you would use when discussing your
  favorite research or pie recipe.
But in the aftermath of the crisis, industrial policy has gathered some vocal
  champions.
The red-faced monkeys frequently utter what researchers have dubbed coo calls
  to maintain vocal contact with one another.
The size of the animal or the vocal fold, or the frequency of the sound, didn't
  matter.
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