[ voh-kuhl ]
/ ˈvoʊ kəl /
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.
a vocal sound.
a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.Compare instrumental(def 6).
What’s Vocal Fry Really All About?As wonderful as it is that the mass media is paying attention to phonetics, much of what is said about vocal fry is not, strictly speaking, true. This particular quality of speech has been around since humans could produce language. It's not damaging to your vocal cords, and it's used by everyone—men and women alike.
Origin of vocal
vo·cal·i·ty [voh-kal-i-tee] /voʊˈkæl ɪ ti/, vo·cal·ness, nounvo·cal·ly, adverbnon·vo·cal, adjective, nounnon·vo·cal·ly, adverb
non·vo·cal·ness, nounnon·vo·cal·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vocalness
/ (ˈvəʊkəl) /
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
Derived Formsvocality (vəʊˈkælɪtɪ), nounvocally, adverb
Word Origin for vocal
C14: from Latin vōcālis possessed of a voice, from vōx voice
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Medicine definitions for vocalness
[ vō′kəl ]
Of or relating to the voice.
Capable of emitting sound or speech.
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