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O·ral(ôr′əl) or U·ralsk (yo͝o-rălsk′, o͞o-rälsk′)
o•ral(ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-)
Aural means 'relating to your ears and your sense of hearing'. Aural is pronounced /'ɔːrəl/ or /'aʊrəl/.
Oral means 'relating to your mouth'. It also describes things that involve speaking rather than writing. Oral is pronounced /'ɔːrəl/.
Both aural and oral are fairly formal words. They are used mainly to talk about teaching methods and examinations.
|Noun||1.||oral - an examination conducted by spoken communication|
|Adj.||1.||oral - using speech rather than writing; "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement"|
spoken - uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination; "a spoken message"; "the spoken language"; "a soft-spoken person"; "sharp-spoken"
|2.||oral - of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth; "oral hygiene"; "an oral thermometer"; "an oral vaccine"|
|3.||oral - 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"|
aboral - opposite to or away from the mouth; "the aboral surface of a starfish"
|4.||oral - 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|
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"