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Definitions of vocal

  1. given to expressing yourself freely or insistently; " outspoken in their opposition to segregation"; " a vocal assembly"
  2. using the voice in speech; " vocal communication"; " either silent or vocal prayers"; " vocal noises"
  3. using the voice in song; " vocal music"
  4. relating to or designed for or using the singing voice; " vocal technique"; " the vocal repertoire"; " organized a vocal group to sing his compositions"
  5. full of the sound of voices; " a playground vocal with the shouts and laughter of children"
  6. Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody; vocal prayer.
  7. 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, // 199- 202.
  8. Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel.
  9. A man who has a right to vote in certain elections.
  10. Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, poken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; - said of certain articulate sounds.
  11. 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.
  12. Of or pertaining to the voice; as, the vocal cords; uttered by the voice; oral; as, vocal expresssion: produced by the voice; as, vocal music.
  13. A speech sound, as a vowel or diphthong.
  14. Vocally.
  15. Pertaining to the voice.
  16. Having a voice: uttered or changed by the voice.
  17. Having a voice; uttered by, or pertaining to, the voice.
  18. Having voice; oral.
  19. Pertaining to the voice; uttered or modulated by the voice; sonant.
  20. Having a voice; uttered or modulated by the voice; vowel.
  21. In the Rom. Cath. Church, one who has a vote in certain elections. Vocal music, music made by the voice, or composed to be sung, in distinction from instrumental music.
  22. Consisting of or uttered by the voice; utterable by the voice; made by the voice.
  23. Voice or utterance of sounds.

Usage examples for vocal

  1. She also had a contralto voice of much feeling and sympathy and came to me for vocal lessons in 1896 and was my accompanist in the studio for a year, when she decided to visit England and perfect herself on the organ. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  2. I asked, for I knew that the first thing great vocal masters usually have to do is to tell one how not to sing. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  3. And then Sarah gained her vocal powers of which, till this minute, she had been deprived. – Rainbow Hill by Josephine Lawrence
  4. She asked for something to drink because she always put too much feeling into that song and she was constantly afraid of straining her vocal chords. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  5. She still leaned wearily against the wall, vocal with irritation. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  6. Meanwhile Sport was pressing his attack with great vocal enthusiasm, and was showing signs of closing in on his quarry. – Sube Cane by Edward Bellamy Partridge
  7. The very dark seemed delicately vocal and to " fill the waste with sound" no less than the wash of the waves. – Romance Island by Zona Gale
  8. Make this open- feeling habitual when speaking- we say make because it is a matter of resolution and of practise, if your vocal organs are healthy. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  9. It seemed so full of history, so vocal of the tragic expedients to which men on the prairie must turn. – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  10. Their own music is entirely vocal, unless, indeed, the drum and tambarine before mentioned be considered an exception. – Three Voyages for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole, Volume 2 (of 2) by Sir William Edward Parry
  11. For vocal prayer is divided into that which is in common and that which is private or individual. – On Prayer and The Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
  12. The vocal waltz to which I have previously alluded is out of place in a work of this kind. – Masters of French Music by Arthur Hervey
  13. Somewhere dripping water falling on to stone gave a vocal spirit to the obscurity. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  14. An examination of his condition and a careful diagnosis of his case revealed the fact that his vocal organs were as normal as those of any person who had never stammered. – Stammering, Its Cause and Cure by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue
  15. From the habit of seeking clear and forcible expression in writing, he had got into a way of using stronger vocal utterances than was necessary, and what would have been but a blow from another, was a stab from him. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  16. But it is not easy to see how a man can pray long without " speaking much"; more especially if it is a question of vocal prayer. – On Prayer and The Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
  17. 135. What is vocal language? – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  18. Their feet and hands were being modified rapidly, and their vocal apparatus was changing. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  19. The blood, the pallor, even the stare of the lifeless face, seemed to disappear in the heart- kindlings of the aged parent; to him the countenance was sweet as ever, the eyes were beaming, the lips were vocal, the brow was wreathed with holy dignity. – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
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