Pronunciation: (vûr'bul),[key] —adj. 1. of or pertaining to words: verbal ability. 2. consisting of or in the form of words: verbal imagery. 3. expressed in spoken words; oral rather than written: verbal communication; verbal agreement. 4. consisting of or expressed in words (as opposed to actions): a verbal protest. 5. pertaining to or concerned with words only (as opposed to ideas, facts, or realities): a purely verbal distinction between two concepts. 6. corresponding word for word; verbatim: a verbal translation. 7. using words: verbal facility. 8. based on the use of words (as opposed to other activity): a verbal score in a test; verbal IQ. 9. Gram. a. of, pertaining to, or derived from a verb.
b. used in a sentence as or like a verb, as participles and infinitives.
—n. Gram.a word, particularly a noun or adjective, derived from a verb.