Vocal Vo"cal (v[=o]"kal), 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. [1913 Webster]

To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, Made vocal by my song. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody; vocal prayer. ``Vocal worship.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, spoken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Vocal cords} or {Vocal chords}. n. pl. (Anat.) The two pairs of mucous membranes that project into the larynx, and which produce the sounds of speech by vibrating under the influence of air exhaled from the lungs. 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • vocal — vocal …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • vocal — vocal, ale, aux [ vɔkal, o ] adj. • 1455; lat. vocalis « doué de la voix » 1 ♦ Qui produit la voix. Organes vocaux. Cordes vocales. 2 ♦ De la voix. Technique vocale, du chant. Par ext. Écrit pour le chant, chanté. Musique vocale (opposé à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • vocal — VOCÁL, Ă, vocali, e, adj. Care aparţine vocii, privitor la voce, care serveşte la formarea vocii. ♦ (muz.) Executat cu vocea, cântat din gură. – Din fr. vocal, lat. vocalis. Trimis de bogdanrsb, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  vocál adj. m., pl.… …   Dicționar Român

  • vocal — 1 Vocal, articulate, oral can all mean uttered by the voice or having to do with utterance. Vocal implies the use of voice, but not necessarily of speech or language; thus, vocal sounds are sounds produced by a creature that has vocal organs;… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vocal — [vō′kəl] adj. [ME < L vocalis < vox, VOICE] 1. a) uttered or produced by the voice; esp., spoken; oral [vocal sounds] b) sung or to be sung [vocal music] 2. having a voice; capable of speaking or making oral sounds …   English World dictionary

  • Vocal — Vo cal (v[=o] kal), n. [Cf. F. vocal, LL. vocalis.] [1913 Webster] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vocal — vocal, ale (vo kal, ka l ) adj. 1°   Qui sert à la production de la voix. Les organes vocaux. 2°   Qui s énonce, qui s exprime au moyen de la voix, par opposition à mental.    Oraison vocale, voy. oraison.    Il se dit aussi par opposition à… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • vocal — (Del lat. vocalis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la voz. 2. Que se expresa materialmente con la voz, hablando o cantando. 3. f. letra vocal. 4. Fon. Sonido del lenguaje humano en cuya emisión el aire espirado, con vibración laríngea y… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Vocal — bezeichnet einen in einem sonst ausschließlich instrumental geprägten Musikstück oft wiederholten kurzen Gesang oder Spruch. Im Extremfall besteht es nur aus einem einzigen Wort. Sein Zweck ist es, den Hörer zum Mitsingen zu animieren und den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • vocal — (adj.) late 14c., spoken, oral, from O.Fr. vocal, from L. vocalis sounding, sonorous, speaking, as a noun, a vowel, from vox (gen. vocis) voice (see VOICE (Cf. voice)). In reference to music (as opposed to instrumental), first recorded 1580s;… …   Etymology dictionary

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