- of, relating to, or uttered with the voice: the vocal mechanism; vocal criticism.
- rendered by or intended for singing: vocal music.
- having a voice: A dog is a vocal, but not a verbal, being.
- giving forth sound with or as with a voice.
- inclined to express oneself in words, especially copiously or insistently: a vocal advocate of reform.
- a vocal sound.
- a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.Compare instrumental(def 6).
Origin of vocal
Synonyms for vocal
Examples from the Web for vocally
Contemporary Examples of vocally
“I was terrifyingly aware of the fact that my father was vocally against that lifestyle when I came out,” Hayward tells me.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank
October 22, 2014
Until then, I will continue to do my part by vocally denouncing those who claim they are acting in the name of my faith.Why Muslims Hate Terrorism More
August 12, 2014
Hamas has vocally opposed the return to negotiations and the fact they were not invited to the party.Palestinians 'Everywhere' to Vote on Any Deal with Israel
September 9, 2013
A good host should be smart—and vocally so—but also shrewd and irreverent enough to embrace the fluff.Jenny McCarthy Twerks Out a Stellar ‘The View’ Debut
September 9, 2013
She was the most vocally talented of all of us, no doubt…That version of the Fugees would have been a four-person powerhouse.Wyclef Jean Autobiography: Lauryn Hill, the Fugees & More
September 20, 2012
Historical Examples of vocally
She slept soundly and vocally, but her husband did not close his eyes.Meadow Grass
It looked to her like a waste of type, that could not be vocally made use of.Jane Allen: Center
The potentialities, so to speak, of the printed poem, must be vocally realized.The Voice and Spiritual Education
Vocally she was the Salome of Richard Strauss, and she was lovely to behold.Ivory Apes and Peacocks
The joyous, youthful essence of their song so charmed me that I forgot my weariness and vocally ventured to imitate it.Futuria Fantasia, Winter 1940
- of, relating to, or designed for the voicevocal music
- produced or delivered by the voicevocal noises
- connected with an attribute or the production of the voicevocal organs
- frequently disposed to outspoken speech, criticism, etca vocal minority
- full of sound or voicesa vocal assembly
- endowed with a voice
- eloquent or meaningful
- of or relating to a speech sound
- of or relating to a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel
- a piece of jazz or pop music that is sung
- a performance of such a piece of music
Word Origin for vocal
late 14c., "spoken, oral," from Old French vocal, from Latin vocalis "sounding, sonorous, speaking," as a noun, "a vowel," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (see voice (n.)). In reference to music (as opposed to instrumental), first recorded 1580s; meaning "outspoken" first attested 1871. Vocal cords is from 1872; see cord.
- Of or relating to the voice.
- Capable of emitting sound or speech.