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vocal

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adjective vo·cal \ˈvō-kəl\

Simple Definition of vocal

  • : of, relating to, or produced by the voice

  • : expressing opinions in a public and forceful way

Full Definition of vocal

  1. 1 a :  uttered by the voice :  oral b :  produced in the larynx :  uttered with voice

  2. 2 :  relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice <vocal music>

  3. 3 :  vocalic

  4. 4 a :  having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound b :  expressive c :  full of voices :  resounding d :  given to expressing oneself freely or insistently :  outspoken <a highly vocal critic> e :  expressed in words

  5. 5 :  of, relating to, or resembling the voice <vocal impairment>

vo·cal·i·ty play \vō-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
vo·cal·ly play \ˈvō-kə-lē\ adverb

Examples of vocal

  1. music with vocal and instrumental parts

  2. She is a vocal critic of the new law.

  3. He was very vocal in his criticism of me.



Origin of vocal

Middle English, from Latin vocalis, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice


First Known Use: 14th century


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vocal

noun vo·cal

Definition of vocal

  1. 1 :  a vocal sound

  2. 2 :  a usually accompanied musical composition for the human voice :  song; also :  a performance of such a composition



Examples of vocal

  1. <a recording artist who arranges his own vocals>



1582

First Known Use of vocal

1582


Medical Dictionary

vocal

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adjective vo·cal \ˈvō-kəl\

Medical Definition of vocal

  1. 1:  uttered by the voice :  oral

  2. 2:  having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound

  3. 3:  of, relating to, or resembling the voice <vocal dysfunction due to throat infection>

  4. vo·cal·i·ty \vō-ˈkal-ət-ē\play noun, plural vo·cal·i·ties
    vo·cal·ly \ˈvō-kə-lē\play adverb





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