I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin vocalis, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice Date: 14th century 1. a. uttered by the voice ; oral b. produced in the larynx ; uttered with voice 2. relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice <
vocal music
3. vocalic 4. a. having or exercising the power of producing voice, speech, or sound b. expressive c. full of voices ; resounding d. given to expressing oneself freely or insistently ; outspoken <
a highly vocal critic
e. expressed in words 5. of, relating to, or resembling the voice <
vocal impairment
vocality nounvocally adverb II. noun Date: 1582 1. a vocal sound 2. a usually accompanied musical composition for the human voice ; song; also a performance of such a composition

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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 — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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