vo·cal /ˈvokəl/ 形容詞
1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices.
To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade,
Made vocal by my song. --Milton.
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. 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, §§ 199-202. (b) Of or pertaining to a vowel; having the character of a vowel; vowel.
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 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.
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 subvocal, and a nonvocal.
2. R. C. Ch. A man who has a right to vote in certain elections.
adj 1: relating to or designed for or using the singing voice;
"vocal technique"; "the vocal repertoire"; "organized
a vocal group to sing his compositions" [ant: instrumental]
2: having or using the power to produce speech or sound; "vocal
organs"; "all vocal beings hymned their praise"
3: using the voice in song; "vocal music" [syn: sung]
4: given to expressing yourself freely or insistently;
"outspoken in their opposition to segregation"; "a vocal
assembly" [syn: outspoken]
5: using the voice in speech; "vocal communication"; "either
silent or vocal prayers"; "vocal noises" [syn: spoken]
6: full of the sound of voices; "a playground vocal with the
shouts and laughter of children"