vocal

[voh-kuhl]

adjective

noun

a vocal sound.
a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment.Compare instrumental(def 6).

Origin of vocal

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin vōcālis, equivalent to vōc- (stem of vōx) voice + -ālis -al1
Related formsvo·cal·i·ty [voh-kal-i-tee] /voʊˈkæl ɪ ti/, vo·cal·ness, nounvo·cal·ly, adverbnon·vo·cal, adjective, nounnon·vo·cal·ly, adverbnon·vo·cal·ness, nounnon·vo·cal·i·ty, noun

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vocal

adjective

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
phonetics
  1. of or relating to a speech sound
  2. of or relating to a voiced speech sound, esp a vowel

noun

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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Word Origin and History for vocals

vocal

adj.

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.

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vocals in Medicine

vocal

[vōkəl]

adj.

Of or relating to the voice.
Capable of emitting sound or speech.
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