Definition of aural in English:


Syllabification: au·ral
Pronunciation: /ˈôrəl


  • Of or relating to the ear or the sense of hearing: aural anatomy information held in written, aural, or database form
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    • Another option is a digital aural thermometer that measures the temperature in the ear.
    • Without doubt, especially during training, aural and other forms of fine sensory feedback are needed.
    • Sellers faced an even bigger hurdle: he was moving from an aural medium to a visual one.



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  • She had helped slow learners, schizophrenic adults, people who were visually and aurally impaired, and children with autism and cerebral palsy.
  • The results reveal that children who were good at comprehending materials presented via TV were also good at comprehending materials presented aurally.
  • One is the recency effect, which can occur when questions are presented aurally, and respondents, lacking sufficient time to process all responses and place them in long-term memory, select the last response offered.


mid 19th century: from Latin auris 'ear' + -al.


The words aural and oral have the same pronunciation in standard English, which is sometimes a source of confusion. A distinctive pronunciation for aural has been proposed, with the first syllable rhyming with cow, but it has not become standard.

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