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o·ral / ˈôrəl/ • adj. 1. by word of mouth; spoken rather than written: they had reached an oral agreement. ∎  relating to the transmission of information or literature by word of mouth rather than in writing: oral literature. ∎  (of a society) not having reached the stage of literacy. 2. of or relating to the mouth: oral hygiene. ∎  done or taken by the mouth: oral contraceptives. ∎  Phonet. pronounced by the voice resonating in the mouth, as the vowels in English. Compare with nasal (sense 2). ∎  Psychoanalysis (in Freudian theory) relating to or denoting a stage of infantile psychosexual development in which the mouth is the main source of pleasure and the center of experience. • n. (often orals) a spoken examination or test: he was preparing for his orals a French oral. DERIVATIVES: o·ral·ly adv.

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Oral (ôräl´), formerly Uralsk (yŏŏrălsk´, Rus. ōōrälsk´), city (1989 pop. 199,835), NW Kazakhstan, on the Ural River. Among its industries are the repair of agricultural equipment, grain processing, and tanning. It was founded as Uralsk in 1622 by the Ural Cossacks, who fought with Stenka Razin in the uprising of 1667 and against the Bolsheviks in 1918–19. It was an important trade center on the border of European Russia and Kazakhstan.

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oral pert. to the mouth or to speech. XVII. — late L. ōrālis, f. L. ōs, ōr- mouth; see -AL1.

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oral (or-ăl) adj.
1. relating to the mouth.

2. taken by mouth: applied to medicines, etc.

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oral Pertaining to the mouth.

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