Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or associated with words: a detailed verbal description.
  • adj. Concerned with words only rather than with content or ideas: a merely verbal distinction.
  • adj. Consisting of words alone without action: a verbal confrontation.
  • adj. Expressed in spoken rather than written words; oral: a verbal contract.
  • adj. Corresponding word for word; literal: a verbal translation.
  • adj. Grammar Relating to, having the nature or function of, or derived from a verb.
  • adj. Grammar Used to form verbs: a verbal suffix.
  • adj. Of or relating to proficiency in the use and understanding of words: a verbal aptitude test.
  • n. Grammar A verbal noun or adjective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to words.
  • adj. Concerned with the words, rather than the substance of a text.
  • adj. Consisting of words only.
  • adj. Expressly spoken or written.
  • adj. Derived from, or having the nature of a verb.
  • adj. Used to form a verb.
  • adj. Capable of speech.
  • n. A verb form which does not function as a predicate, or a word derived from a verb. In English, infinitives, participles and gerunds are verbals.
  • v. To fabricate a confession

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written
  • adj. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing with words rather than with the ideas intended to be conveyed.
  • adj. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal.
  • adj. Abounding with words; verbose.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a verb; ; derived directly from a verb; ; used in forming verbs.
  • n. A noun derived from a verb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or consisting in words.
  • Relating to or concerned with words only.
  • Expressed in spoken words; spoken; not written; oral: as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.
  • Minutely exact in words; attending to words only; insistent about words.
  • Literal; having word answering to word; word for word: as, a verbal translation.
  • Of or pertaining to a verb; derived from a verb and sharing in its senses and constructions: as, a verbal noun.
  • n. In grammar, a noun derived from a verb and sharing in its senses and constructions; a verbal noun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or formed from a verb
  • adj. relating to or having facility in the use of words
  • adj. of or relating to or formed from words in general
  • adj. communicated in the form of words
  • adj. expressed in spoken words
  • adj. prolix

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin verbālis, from Latin verbum, word; see verb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Late Latin verbalis ("belonging to a word"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That is Hamlet's verbal account of it, when he undertakes to reduce his philosophy to rhyme, and gets the player to insert some sixteen of his lines quietly into the court performance: that is his _verbal_ account of it; but _his_ action, too, speaks louder and more eloquently than his words.

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  • He communicated what he described as verbal orders from Lee: Early was to march toward Chancellorsville with his entire force, except Pendleton's artillery and one brigade of infantry.

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  • It's what we call a verbal taunt,'' Crawford said.

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  • To Carmen Ramirez, the name Oxnard is what she calls verbal camouflage for a beautiful place.

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  • In a startling and lengthy letter to yours truly, the wife of ousted President David Ashley defends herself and assails ex-Chancellor Jim Rogers for what she calls verbal abuse.

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  • August 28th, 2008 at 1: 50 am marcelo … i was agreeing with you … and a rational discussion of issues would be in order … everyone here keeps reading what they want to read in the bible … i used the word imply because, though Leviticus says what you said, it implies action on the part of a christian … it does not command … it is open to interpretation … however, i agree with you that it is the common understanding of the bible, and it is something that needs to be eradicated from the common interpretation … any rational person knows this … the rest of my comment contains points which any anthropologist knows … and they support the eradication of that particular dogma from christianity … as for the rest of your comment, you appear to be the same kind of knee-jerk person as cameron … wanting a fight when there is room for accord … what you call verbal vomit was a historic fact historians and anthropologists agree on, and it supports the need to rid christianity of these out-dated ideas … homosexuality is as monogamous currently as heterosexuality (perhaps more-so), and it does not spread disease through contact with multiple partners as the practice did in the BCE … so before you jump off the handle, please consider what was written … it was in support of your point that christians have unreasonable and untenable possitions when it comes to homosexuality …

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  • He also puts in verbal humor, sight gags, and all possible kinds of silliness.

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