• WordNet 3.6
    • adj verbal communicated in the form of words "verbal imagery","a verbal protest"
    • adj verbal prolix "you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare"
    • adj verbal 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"
    • adj verbal expressed in spoken words "a verbal contract"
    • adj verbal of or relating to or formed from a verb "verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"
    • adj verbal of or relating to or formed from words in general "verbal ability"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible for anyone to verbally count up to the number 1 trillion
    • n Verbal (Gram) A noun derived from a verb.
    • Verbal Abounding with words; verbose.
    • Verbal 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.""Mere verbal refinements, instead of substantial knowledge."
    • Verbal 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?""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."
    • Verbal Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation.
    • Verbal (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • verbal Of, pertaining to, or consisting in words.
    • verbal Relating to or concerned with words only.
    • verbal Expressed in spoken words; spoken; not written; oral: as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.
    • verbal Minutely exact in words; attending to words only; insistent about words.
    • verbal Literal; having word answering to word; word for word: as, a verbal translation.
    • verbal Of or pertaining to a verb; derived from a verb and sharing in its senses and constructions: as, a verbal noun.
    • n verbal In grammar, a noun derived from a verb and sharing in its senses and constructions; a verbal noun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Verbal relating to or consisting in words: spoken (as opposed to written): exact in words: attending to words only: literal, word for word: derived directly from a verb
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  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.”
  • Dorothy Nevill
    Dorothy Nevill
    “The commercial class has always mistrusted verbal brilliancy and wit, deeming such qualities, perhaps with some justice, frivolous and unprofitable.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Use non-verbal communication to SOFTEN the hard-line position of others: S = Smile O = Open Posture F = Forward Lean T = Touch E = Eye Contact N = Nod.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. verbalis,. See Verb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. verbe—L. verbum.


In literature:

Conversation is not a verbal nor vocal contest, but a mutual meeting of minds.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
Verbal suggestion is a common mode of producing this semblance of a recollected event.
"Illusions" by James Sully
This was not, with them, a mere technical, verbal creed.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Both by precept and practice he approved good verbal humour.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
I did not verbally assent to his proposal.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He required time to gather control of himself and lay out a verbal line of march.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
In Hood at his best the verbal neatness only gives to the satire or the scorn a ring of finality such as is given by rhyme.
"The Victorian Age in Literature" by G. K. Chesterton
The written recitation also gives an opportunity for training in verbal expression.
"The Recitation" by George Herbert Betts
They were not loquacious about it, not verbally; and finally the tall fat one heaved himself from his seat.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Let us begin as low in the scale of verbal art as you choose.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker

In poetry:

It is the only reason why
No government can codify,
And verbal definitions mar
The Hidden Law.
"The Hidden Law" by W H Auden
Who sets for heresy his traps
Of verbal quirk and quibble,
And weeds the garden of the Lord
With Satan's borrowed dibble.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“We recognise,” the critics wrote,
“Maupassant’s verve and Heine’s wit;”
Some even made a verbal note
Of Shakespeare being out of it.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
Though Heav'n its helping grace should yield,
Yet merit's still upon the field;
We cast the name, yet still 'tis found
Disclaim'd but with a verbal sound.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Rho. (Faire one) verball expression cannot shew
What I to thee for this great gift doe owe:
But till for all I full requitall make,
My constant love thou for a pledge shalt take.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet
Up at Wombat Peter Dawking
Held a meeting in the hall,
And he'd spent an hour in talking
On the far-flung Empire's Call,
When a local greybeard, rising, smote him with this verbal brick:
"Are or are yeh not in favour of the bridge across the crick?"
"The Bridge Across the Crick" by C J Dennis

In news:

Johnson High's standout guard Tim Quarterman made a verbal commitment to play at LSU on Sunday.
One should never resort to violence when confronted with a verbal assault.
Some consumers say the company won't provide reasonable refunds and is verbally abusing them when they complain.
St Peter 's Prep point guard Trevis Wyche has made a verbal commitment to Saint Peter 's University in Jersey City.
Sandie verbally commits to Oklahoma State baseball.
In a perfect world, you'd be able to hire servers whose verbal skills enable them to both charm irate customers and upsell specials like crazy.
Moore Catholic guard Christina Rubin verbally committed to play basketball at Iona College on Tuesday night, the rising senior told The Post., verbally committed to Northwestern on Monday.
The fourth grade girl in the video below is a verbalizer.
She admits she's made the mistake of getting involved with men who turned out to be verbally abusive.
The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray.
She was at the mercy of a verbal agreement form a previous house owner.
Nothing is sacred in today's economy, not even the verbal agreement between a hard working John and a red light ambassador for our nation's retail sex trade.
Witnesses told police that a car pulled up alongside two people leaving the mall, and a verbal confrontation flared up.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Police say a verbal argument turned into a physical fight during Black Friday shopping at Citadel Mall.

In science:

We will make use of this remark as well as the above theorem to classify the verbal images of Sn .
Images of word maps in almost simple groups and quasisimple groups
However, in a phrase that describes a situation only some roles of the maximum case frame are verbalized.
Emphatic generation: employing the theory of semantic emphasis for text generation
Roles that are not verbalized are said to be blocked .
Emphatic generation: employing the theory of semantic emphasis for text generation
Let us now explain the relation of this move to the compatibility condition verbally.
Structures and Diagrammatics of Four Dimensional Topological Lattice Field Theories
The main purpose of the IR layer for the report generation system consists in ensuring that all facets of the domain with their different degrees of specificity can be verbally expressed, and in keeping the realization task simple when no or little variety in language is needed.
A Flexible Shallow Approach to Text Generation