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Meaning of VERBAL

Pronunciation:  'vurbul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  communicated in the form of words; "verbal imagery"; "a verbal protest"
  2. [adj]  (archaic) "you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare
  3. [adj]  relating to or having facility in the use of words; "a good poet is a verbal artist"; "a merely verbal writer who sacrifices content to sound"; "verbal aptitude"
  4. [adj]  expressed in spoken words; "a verbal contract"
  5. [adj]  of or relating to or formed from a verb; "verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"
  6. [adj]  of or relating to or formed from words in general; "verbal ability"

VERBAL is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: communicative, communicatory, prolix, spoken
 Antonyms: mathematical, numerical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ver"bal\, a. [F., fr. L. verbalis. See {Verb}.]
    1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but
       commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not
       written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.
             Made she no verbal question?          --Shak.
             We subjoin an engraving . . . which will give the
             reader a far better notion of the structure than any
             verbal description could convey to the mind.
    2. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing
       with words rather than with the ideas intended to be
       conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change.
             And loses, though but verbal, his reward. --Milton.
             Mere verbal refinements, instead of substantial
             knowledge.                            --Whewell.
    3. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as,
       a verbal translation.
    4. Abounding with words; verbose. [Obs.] --Shak.
    5. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group;
       derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used in
       forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix.
    {Verbal inspiration}. See under {Inspiration}.
    {Verbal noun} (Gram.), a noun derived directly from a verb or
       verb stem; a verbal. The term is specifically applied to
       infinitives, and nouns ending in -ing, esp. to the latter.
       See {Gerund}, and {-ing}, 2. See also, {Infinitive mood},
       under {Infinitive}.
  2. \Ver"bal\, n. (Gram.)
    A noun derived from a verb.