Definitions for ORALˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
o•ral*ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-(adj.)
uttered by the mouth; spoken:
of, using, or transmitted by speech:
oral teaching methods; oral traditions.
of or involving the mouth:
done or administered through the mouth.
(of a speech sound) pronounced with all the air issuing through the mouth and none through the nose, as the normal English vowels or the consonants (b) and (v).
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the earliest phase of psychosexual development, during which pleasure is derived from activities involving the mouth, as sucking, eating, and babbling. of or pertaining to a group of adult behaviors and personality traits including eating, talking, feeding, and being friendly and generous.
Ref: lingual (def. 4). 5
(n.)an oral examination in a school, college, or university, given esp. to a candidate for an advanced degree.
* Usage: See verbal.
Origin of oral:
1615–25; < L ōr- (s. of ōs) mouth + -al1
oral, oral exam, oral examination, viva voce, viva(adj)
an examination conducted by spoken communication
using speech rather than writing
"an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement"
of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth
"oral hygiene"; "an oral thermometer"; "an oral vaccine"
of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located
"the oral cavity"; "the oral mucous membrane"; "the oral surface of a starfish"
a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
oral(adjective)ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-
relating to speaking
an oral examination
oralˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-
relating to the mouth
A spoken test or examination, particularly in a language class.
A physical examination of the mouth.
Relating to the mouth; mouthly.
Spoken rather than written.
An oral presentation
of American usage, ultimately derived from Aurelius.
Origin: From oralis, from os.
Translations for ORAL
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
spoken, not written
an oral examination.
- oralPortuguese (BR)
- žodinis, žodžiuLithuanian
- mutisks, mutvārdu-Latvian
- 口頭的Chinese (Trad.)
- усний; словеснийUkrainian
- bằng lời nóiVietnamese
- 口头的Chinese (Simp.)
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