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

  • adj. Of or relating to the voice: the vertebrate vocal organs; a vocal defect.
  • adj. Uttered or produced by the voice.
  • adj. Having a voice; capable of emitting sound or speech.
  • adj. Full of voices; resounding: a playground vocal with the shouts and laughter of children.
  • adj. Tending to express oneself often or freely; outspoken: a vocal critic of city politics.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or resembling vowels; vocalic.
  • adj. Linguistics Voiced.
  • adj. Music Of, relating to, or performed by singing: vocal training; vocal music.
  • n. A vocal sound.
  • n. Music A popular composition for a singer, often with instrumental accompaniment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices
  • adj. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody; vocal prayer, vocal worship.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, spoken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds
  • adj. Consisting of, or characterized by, voice, or tone produced in the larynx, which may be modified, either by resonance, as in the case of the vowels, or by obstructive action, as in certain consonants, such as v, l, etc., or by both, as in the nasals m., n., ng; sonant; intonated; voiced. See voice, and vowel
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel
  • adj. loud; getting oneself heard.
  • n. A vocal sound; specifically, a purely vocal element of speech, unmodified except by resonance; a vowel or a diphthong; a tonic element; a tonic; -- distinguished from a subvocal, and a nonvocal
  • n. A man who has a right to vote in certain elections.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices.
  • adj. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, spoken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds.
  • adj.
  • adj. Consisting of, or characterized by, voice, or tone produced in the larynx, which may be modified, either by resonance, as in the case of the vowels, or by obstructive action, as in certain consonants, such as v, l, etc., or by both, as in the nasals m, n, ng; sonant; intonated; voiced. See Voice, and Vowel, also Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 199-202.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel.
  • n. A vocal sound; specifically, a purely vocal element of speech, unmodified except by resonance; a vowel or a diphthong; a tonic element; a tonic; -- distinguished from a subvocal, and a nonvocal.
  • n. A man who has a right to vote in certain elections.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the voice, to speech, or to song; uttered or modulated by the voice,oral.
  • Having a voice; endowed, or as if endowed, with a voice; possessed of utterance or audible expression.
  • In phonetics: Voiced; uttered with voice as distinct from breath; sonant: said of certain alphabetic sounds or letters, as z or v or b as distinguished from s or f or p respectively Having a vowel character or function; vowel.
  • In zoöl, voiced; uttered by the mouth; formed in the vocal organs: distinguished from sonorific: noting the cries of animals, as distinguished from the mechanical noises they may make, as the stridulation of an insect.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a man who has a right to vote in certain elections.

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

  • adj. having or using the power to produce speech or sound
  • n. a short musical composition with words
  • n. music intended to be performed by one or more singers, usually with instrumental accompaniment
  • adj. relating to or designed for or using the singing voice
  • adj. full of the sound of voices
  • adj. given to expressing yourself freely or insistently

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vōcālis, from vōx, vōc-, voice; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French vocal < Latin vōcālis. (Wiktionary)

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