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English

Etymology

From Old French vocal

Adjective

vocal (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
vocal

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Milton,
      To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade, / Made vocal by my song.
  2. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody; vocal prayer, vocal worship.
  3. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, spoken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds
  4. (phonetics) 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
  5. (phonetics) Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel

Derived terms

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  • vocal chords
  • Vocal fremitus, (from Latin fremitus a dull roaring or murmuring), (Medicine): 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 sac
  • vocal tube

Translations

Noun

Singular
vocal

Plural
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vocal ({{{1}}})
  1. (phonetics) 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 subvocal, and a nonvocal
  2. (Roman Catholic Church): A man who has a right to vote in certain elections

Asturian

Noun

vocal f. (plural vocales)

  1. A vowel.

French

Pronunciation

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] vocalis, from vox, vocis, voice: .

Adjective

vocal m. (f. vocale, m. plural vocaux, f. plural vocales)

Singular Plural
Masculine vocal
IPA: /vɔ.kal/
vocaux
IPA: /vɔ.kɔ/
Feminine vocale
IPA: /vɔ.kal/
vocales
IPA: /vɔ.kal/
  1. vocal, related to the voice
    cordes vocales

Related terms


Spanish

Noun

vocal f. (plural vocales)

Singular
vocal f.

Plural
vocales f.

  1. vowel

Noun

vocal m. and f. (plural vocales)

  1. voter, member with vote rights

Adjective

vocal m. and f. (plural vocales)

  1. by means of the voice
  2. related to the voice
  3. using the voice

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