Pronunciation: (vō'kul),[key] —adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or uttered with the voice: the vocal mechanism; vocal criticism. 2. rendered by or intended for singing: vocal music. 3. having a voice: A dog is a vocal, but not a verbal, being. 4. giving forth sound with or as with a voice.
5. inclined to express oneself in words, esp. copiously or insistently: a vocal advocate of reform. 6. Phonet. a. vocalic (def. 1).
—n. 1. a vocal sound.
2. a musical piece for a singer, usually with instrumental accompaniment. Cf. instrumental (def. 6).