oral

[ awr-uh l, ohr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF oral
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ORAL

He had made them, written and oral, and had only been laughed at for a half-crazy explorer.

Oral fossa: in Mallophaga, a furrow lying in front of the mandibles.

Will men say, 'The later the ballad, the more it is altered in oral tradition'?

That is the type of oral lesson which is most common at the present day.

Several of us had formed a class for oral instruction in French.

Narrative, as we know from oral tradition, can take forms other than the book.

The story is not likely to have been preserved to Hauk's time by oral tradition only.

An oral agreement to this effect was reached late in September.

Most of the associations have also been interested in the employment of the oral method of instruction.

The method employed in the day schools is exclusively the oral with but two exceptions.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, from Late Latin oralis, from Latin os (genitive oris) "mouth, opening, face, entrance," from PIE *os-/*ous- "mouth" (cf. Sanskrit asan "mouth," asyam "mouth, opening," Avestan ah-, Hittite aish, Middle Irish a "mouth," Old Norse oss "mouth of a river," Old English or "beginning, origin, front"). Psychological meaning "of the mouth as the focus of infantile sexual energy" (e.g. oral fixation) is from 1910. The sexual sense is first recorded 1948, in Kinsey. As a noun, "oral examination," attested from 1876. Related: Orally (c.1600); orality.

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adjectivepertaining to speech sounds
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