aural


aural
aural, auricular, audible mean heard or perceived by the ear but they are not often interchangeable.
Aural is applicable to any sensation or impression which affects the auditory sense rather than other senses
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insensitiveness to aural stimuli

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prefer the aural to the visual method in learning a language

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Auricular is applicable not only to what is heard as distinguished from what is read but also especially to something communicated privately and addressed to the ear of a particular person; thus, auricular confession is used of the private confession of sins to a priest as distinguished from open confession before a congregation
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you shall . . . by an auricular assurance have your satisfaction— [Shak

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Audible is applicable only to sounds, voices, or conversations which are heard as distinguished from those which are not heard because too faint, too low, or uttered in a whisper
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his voice being distinctly audible in the street— Hardy

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  • aural — aural, oral Aural means ‘to do with the ear’ (from Latin auris ear) and oral means ‘to do with the mouth’ (from Latin os, oris mouth). An oral examination is one done by speaking rather than by writing; an aural examination is a medical… …   Modern English usage

  • Aural — Au ral, a. [L. auris ear.] Of or pertaining to the ear; as, aural medicine and surgery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aural — Au ral, a. [L. aura air.] Of or pertaining to the air, or to an aura. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aural — relativo o concerniente a un aura Diccionario ilustrado de Términos Médicos.. Alvaro Galiano. 2010 …   Diccionario médico

  • aural — 1847, pertaining to the ear, from L. auris ear (see EAR (Cf. ear) (1)) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Meaning received or perceived by ear is attested from 1860. Related: Aurally …   Etymology dictionary

  • aural — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the ear or the sense of hearing. DERIVATIVES aurally adverb. ORIGIN from Latin auris ear …   English terms dictionary

  • aural — aural1 [ô′rəl] adj. of an aura aural2 [ô′rəl] adj. [< L auris, EAR1 + AL] of or received through the ear or the sense of hearing aurally adv …   English World dictionary

  • aural — [[t]ɔ͟ːrəl, a͟ʊrəl[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Aural means related to the sense of hearing. Compare acoustic. He became famous as an inventor of astonishing visual and aural effects …   English dictionary

  • aural — [ ɔ:r(ə)l] adjective relating to the ear or the sense of hearing. Derivatives aurally adverb Origin C19: from L. auris ear + al. Usage The words aural and oral have the same pronunciation in standard English, which is sometimes a source of… …   English new terms dictionary

  • aural — See oral. See oral, verbal, aural …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions


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