Oral meaning

ôrəl
Oral is defined as an exam given and taken by speaking.

An example of an oral is a test requiring a student to speak a different language.

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Spoken rather than written.
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The definition of oral is spoken or said, or something which is related to the mouth.

An example of oral used as an adjective is the phrase oral presentation which means a presentation delivered by speaking.

An example of oral used as an adjective is the phrase oral disease which means an illness in the mouth.

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Of or relating to the mouth.

Oral surgery.

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Used in or taken through the mouth.

An oral thermometer; an oral vaccine.

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Articulated through the mouth only, with the nasal passages closed.
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An academic examination in which questions and answers are spoken rather than written.
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A city of northwest Kazakhstan on the Ural River south-southeast of Samara, Russia. Founded by Cossacks c. 1622, it is a processing and manufacturing center.
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Uttered by the mouth; spoken.
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Relating to or involving the mouth.
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Spoken or uttered, as distinct from written or hand-signaled.
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Relating to the mouth; mouthly.
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Spoken rather than written.

An oral presentation.

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(countable) A spoken test or examination, particularly in a language class.
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Consisting of or using speech.

Oral instruction.

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On or of the same side as the mouth.
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Relating to the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, from birth to about 18 months, during which the mouth is the chief focus of exploration and pleasure. The oral stage is followed by the anal stage.
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(countable) A physical examination of the mouth.
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(uncountable) Oral sex.
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A male given name of American usage, ultimately derived from Aurelius.
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Of speech; using speech.
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Of, involving, or administered through the mouth.
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Of or having to do with sexual stimulation of the genitals by a partner's mouth or tongue.
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Having mouth resonance only.
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An examination with spoken questions and answers, as at a college.
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Relating to the mouth.

Oral surgery.

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Used in or taken through the mouth.

An oral thermometer; an oral vaccine.

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Origin of oral

  • Late Latin ōrālis from Latin ōs ōr- mouth ōs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin oralis (“of the mouth"), from Latin os (“the mouth").

    From Wiktionary