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A word considered only as a sequence of sounds or letters rather than as a unit of meaning.
Capable of being voiced or spoken.

[French, from Old French, from Latin vocābulum, name, from vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Linguistics) any word, either written or spoken, regarded simply as a sequence of letters or spoken sounds, irrespective of its meaning
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) a vocal sound; vowel
(Linguistics) capable of being uttered
[C16: from Latin vocābulum a designation, from vocāre to call]
ˈvocably adv


(ˈvoʊ kə bəl)

a word, esp. one considered only as a combination of sounds or letters without regard to meaning.
[1520–30; < Latin vocābulum word, name =vocā(re) to call + -bulum n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vocable - a word that is spoken aloudvocable - a word that is spoken aloud    
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"


[ˈvəʊkəbl] N (Phon) → vocablo m
References in classic literature ?
At the same time I confess that I have a prejudice against certain words that I cannot overcome; the sight of some offends me, the sound of others, and rather than use one of those detested vocables, even when I perceive that it would convey my exact meaning, I would cast about long for some other.
Of these the first is that they could never use words or other signs arranged in such a manner as is competent to us in order to declare our thoughts to others: for we may easily conceive a machine to be so constructed that it emits vocables, and even that it emits some correspondent to the action upon it of external objects which cause a change in its organs; for example, if touched in a particular place it may demand what we wish to say to it; if in another it may cry out that it is hurt, and such like; but not that it should arrange them variously so as appositely to reply to what is said in its presence, as men of the lowest grade of intellect can do.
His chief impression with regard to ascertaining those mysterious correlatives of his familiar English vocables which were current in this extraordinary city of Paris was, that it was simply a matter of a good deal of unwonted and rather ridiculous muscular effort on his own part.
If our neophyte, strong in the new-born love of antiquity, were to undertake to imitate what he had learnt to admire, it must be allowed he would act very injudiciously, if he were to select from the Glossary the obsolete words which it contains, and employ those exclusively of all phrases and vocables retained in modern days.
Hilbery had been, to disport themselves now in the Saxon plainness, now in the Latin splendor of the tongue, and stored with memories, as she was, of old poets exuberating in an infinity of vocables.
rent en parlant de crise, un vocable utilisAaAaAeA@ AaAaAe bout de champ", a soutenu M.
Ce projet est dnomm au sein du SPF Intrieur, sous le vocable BE-Alert .
Sans etre instruit de [beaucoup moins que]l'expose des motifs[beaucoup plus grand que] qui est le sien, il peut etre loisible de se demander si le personnel en usage dans les partis politique peut etre range sous ce vocable et encore plus s'il est la fine fleur du pays pour etre en etat de produire les performances dont la Tunisie a presentement un cruel besoin pour, d'abord, limiter les degats, et ensuite et surtout, engager le pays dans la trajectoire de la croissance, de la paix sociale, et du bien-etre, si embryonnaire soit-il.
Ethnomusicologists will find this to be a handy reference manual for drawing connections between song style and lyrical content, given that the sample base is substantial; they may, however, take issue with the lack of information about who sang which song, what the conditions of inscription to wax or tape were, and most importantly, what the omissions are in repeated vocable sections (Sekaqnaptewa purposely left that out).
Le terme grec [phi][omega]v[eta] <<phone>>, <<voix>>, se trouve au centre de l'enigme, comme ont pu le voir Carriere et Massone, qui traduisent [phi][omega]v[eta] par <<vocable>>: <<quel est l'etre designe par un vocable unique>> (9).
De page en page, il est possible de decouvrir tout un pan insoupconne de notre memoire collective, trop souvent relegue sous le vocable, quelque peu pejoratif, de <<vestige>>.