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Meaning of VOCAL

Pronunciation:  'vowkal

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  given to expressing yourself freely or insistently; "outspoken in their opposition to segregation"; "a vocal assembly"
  2. [adj]  full of the sound of voices; "a playground vocal with the shouts and laughter of children"
  3. [adj]  using the voice in speech; "vocal communication"; "either silent or vocal prayers"; "vocal noises"
  4. [adj]  using the voice in song; "vocal music"
  5. [adj]  having or using the power to produce speech or sound; "vocal organs"; "all vocal beings hymned their praise"
  6. [adj]  relating to or designed for or using the singing voice; "vocal technique"; "the vocal repertoire"; "organized a vocal group to sing his compositions"

VOCAL is a 5 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: communicative, communicatory, loud, outspoken, spoken, sung, voiced
 Antonyms: instrumental



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vo"cal\, a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F.
    vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice;
       endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices.
             To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, Made
             vocal by my song.                     --Milton.
    2. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody;
       vocal prayer. ``Vocal worship.'' --Milton.
    3. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, ?poken
       with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; --
       said of certain articulate sounds.
    4. (Phon.)
       (a) 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, [sect][sect] 199-202.
       (b) Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a
           vowel; vowel.
    {Vocal cords} or {chords}. (Anat.) See {Larynx}, and the Note
       under {Voice}, n., 1.
    {Vocal fremitus} [L. fremitus a dull roaring or murmuring]
       (Med.), the perceptible vibration of the chest wall,
       produced by the transmission of the sonorous vibrations
       during the act of using the voice.
    {Vocal music}, music made by the voice, in distinction from
       {instrumental music}; hence, music or tunes set to words,
       to be performed by the human voice.
    {Vocal tube} (Anat.), the part of the air passages above the
       inferior ligaments of the larynx, including the passages
       through the nose and mouth.
  2. \Vo"cal\, n. [Cf. F. vocal, LL. vocalis.]
    1. (Phon.) 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.
    2. (R. C. Ch.) A man who has a right to vote in certain