[ voh-kuhl ]
/ ˈvoʊ kəl /
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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).
OTHER WORDS FOR vocal
5 vociferous, outspoken.
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Origin of vocal
OTHER WORDS FROM vocalvo·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
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How to use vocal in a sentence
Every other band I had been in had been pretty loud, you could never hear the vocals.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But damn, the music is catchy—a neo-soul aural assault of horns, electro swirls, yelps, funky basslines, and harmonized vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It starts off like any other Lana tune, replete with minor chords and humming, distorted vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You, too, will be zipping along to the angular guitars and zigzagging, herky-jerky vocals.The 10 Best Albums of 2014: Taylor Swift, Sia, Run the Jewels, and More|Marlow Stern|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As fluent in drug trade jargon as Martian, Future peppers his lyrics with interstellar imagery befitting of his far out vocals.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sub-vocals, as ending or final consonants, are the most difficult of all to give their proper value and effect.The Renaissance of the Vocal Art|Edmund Myer
British Dictionary definitions for vocal
/ (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 forms of vocalvocality (vəʊˈkælɪtɪ), nounvocally, adverb
Word Origin for vocal
C14: from Latin vōcālis possessed of a voice, from vōx voice
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