oral meaning

[ 'ɔ:rəl ] Pronunciation:   "oral" in a sentence
  • Adjective: oral  orul
    1. Using speech rather than writing
      "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement"
      - unwritten 
    2. Of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth
      "oral hygiene"; "an oral thermometer"; "an oral vaccine" 
    3. 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" 
    4. 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
    Noun: oral  orul
    1. An examination conducted by spoken communication
      - oral exam, oral examination, viva voce, viva

    Sounds like: aural

    Derived forms: orals

    See also: buccal, mouth, orad, orally, spoken

    Type of: exam, examination, test

    Antonym: aboral, anal

    Encyclopedia: Oral, Kazakhstan Oral Oral, South Dakota Oral, SD

  • [Medicine]
    a : of, relating to, or involving the mouth : BUCCAL ‹the oral mucous membrane›
    b : given or taken through or by way of the mouth ‹an oral vaccine› ‹an oral suspension of a drug›
    c : acting on the mouth ‹oral diseases›
    2 : emphasizing lipreading and the development of vocal expression in teaching the deaf —compare MANUAL
    a : of, relating to, or characterized by the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory during which libidinal gratification is derived from intake (as of food), by sucking, and later by biting
    b : of, relating to, or characterized by personality traits of passive dependence and aggressiveness —compare ANAL 2 GENITAL 3 PHALLIC 2oral·i·ty n pl -tiesoral·ly adv


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  1. the candidate will take an oral examination.
  2. oral contraceptives are readily available.
  3. the oral message was incorrectly transmitted.
  4. a great deal of frontier humour was oral.
  5. students of english should have a lot of oral drills.

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