What does oral mean?

Definitions for oral
ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-oral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oral, oral exam, oral examination, viva voce, vivaadjective

    an examination conducted by spoken communication

  2. oral, unwrittenadjective

    using speech rather than writing

    "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement"

  3. oraladjective

    of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth

    "oral hygiene"; "an oral thermometer"; "an oral vaccine"

  4. oraladjective

    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"

  5. oraladjective

    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


  1. oralnoun

    A spoken test or examination, particularly in a language class.

  2. oralnoun

    A physical examination of the mouth.

  3. oralnoun

    oral sex.

  4. oraladjective

    Relating to the mouth; mouthly.

  5. oraladjective

    Spoken rather than written.

    An oral presentation

  6. Oralnoun

    of American usage, ultimately derived from Aurelius.

  7. Etymology: From oralis, from os.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORALadjective

    Delivered by mouth; not written.

    Etymology: oral, Fr. os, orris, Latin.

    Oral discourse, whose transient faults dying with the sound that gives them life, and so not subject to a strict review, more easily escapes observation. John Locke, Educat.

    St. John was appealed to as the living oracle of the church; and as his oral testimony lasted the first century, many have observed, that by a particular providence several of our Saviour’s disciples, and of the early converts, lived to a very great age, that they might personally convey the truth of the gospel to those times which were very remote. Addison.


  1. oral

    Oral refers to something related to the mouth or spoken rather than written. It can be pertaining to verbal communication, dental health, or practices involving the mouth like oral hygiene or oral medicine.


  1. Oral

    Oral, Uralsk in Russian, formerly known as Yaitsk, is a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan Rivers close to the Russian border. As it is located on the western side of the Ural river, it is considered geographically in Europe. It is the capital of the West Kazakhstan Province. Ethnic composition is dominated by Kazakhs. Population: Template:Kz-census2012 194,905. Oral is an agricultural and industrial center, and has been an important trade stop since its founding. Barge traffic has passed up and down the Ural River between the Caspian Sea and the Ural Mountains for centuries. Today it is one of the major entry points for rail traffic from Europe to Siberia, servicing the many new oil fields in the Caspian basin and the industrial cities of the southern Urals. It is served by Oral Ak Zhol Airport.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oral

    ō′ral, adj. uttered by the mouth: spoken, not written.—adv. O′rally. [L. os, oris, the mouth.]

Suggested Resources

  1. ORAL

    What does ORAL stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the ORAL acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Oral

    pertaining to the mouth.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ORAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oral is ranked #149395 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Oral surname appeared 110 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Oral.

    89% or 98 total occurrences were White.
    5.4% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'oral' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4218

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'oral' in Adjectives Frequency: #572

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oral in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of oral in a Sentence

  1. Bei Wu:

    Given the staggering number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and dementia each year, and the opportunity to improve oral health across the life span, it's important to gain a deeper understanding of the connection between poor oral health and cognitive decline.

  2. Hemant Bakhru:

    The portfolio being bought is largely oral products, so I don't think the margins will be huge, but at least they have something to get them going in the U.S..

  3. Laura Weyrich:

    These particular organisms looks to be shared between Neanderthals and humans about 120,000 year ago, or about the time that humans and Neandertals were interbreeding, these interbreeding encounters were often described as brash, rough one-night stands, but if they were swapping oral microorganisms, it means they were also swapping spit. So, potentially kissing or food sharing would have been involved, which suggests that these encounters may have been much more friendly than anyone imagined.

  4. Robert Cohen:

    People can pass by one and miss by the other and it is confusion, many labeled as pre-diabetes by A1c would have diabetes if tested by the gold standard oral glucose tolerance test.

  5. Bryan Bzdek:

    The viral load in fecal matter and the fraction of resulting aerosol containing the virus is unknown. Even if the virus were contained in the produced aerosols, it is unknown whether the virus would still be infectious ; there is not yet clear evidence for fecal-oral transmission, the study authors suggest that whenever possible we should keep the toilet seat down when we flush, clean the toilet seat and any other contact areas frequently, and wash our hands after using the toilet. While this study is unable to demonstrate that these measures will reduce transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, many other viruses are transmitted though the fecal-oral route, so these are good hygiene practices to have anyway.

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