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Definition of Oral

Oral

  1. Uttered by the mouth, or in words; spoken, not written; verbal; as, oral traditions; oral testimony; oral law.
  2. Of or pertaining to the mouth; surrounding or lining the mouth; as, oral cilia or cirri.

Oral Quotations

Language pedants hew to an oral tradition of shibboleths that have no basis in logic or style, that have been defied by great writers for centuries, and that have been disavowed by every thoughtful usage manual.
Steven Pinker

There's been resistance to every new technology that's ever been introduced. When books came out hundreds of years ago, there were complaints that it would destroy the oral tradition. Some of those fears were justified, but it didn't stop the rise of the written word. And books have proven to be incredibly useful.
Jeremy Stoppelman

I liked school, but I used to dread those moments when the teacher would call me up to give an oral report. I forced myself to deal with it and not dwell on the class in front of me - to keep a straight face, give the report and concentrate on getting it right. That's normally how I perform. That's how I am.
Steven Wright

Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors that they are ready to repeat their lessons as often as we please.
Robert Chambers

I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
David Antin
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Oral Translations

oral in Dutch is mondeling, oraal
oral in French is de vive voix
oral in Italian is orale
oral in Spanish is oral
oral in Swedish is muntlig
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