One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the ear or the sense of hearing.‘information held in written, aural, or database form’‘aural anatomy’
- ‘By this stage it was obvious the concert was as much a visual as an aural treat.’
- ‘Sellers faced an even bigger hurdle: he was moving from an aural medium to a visual one.’
- ‘A delightful film, it takes you on an aural and visual tour of a small rural community at the height of summer.’
- ‘Without doubt, especially during training, aural and other forms of fine sensory feedback are needed.’
- ‘So the audience would have different visual experiences, but a shared aural experience.’
- ‘Whilst men generally rely on visual stimulation for their kicks, women prefer aural pleasure.’
- ‘Cases of deafness were reported in medical journals, as well as aural cavity damage from the insertion of mini headphones.’
- ‘Yet visual primacy is often at the cost of more effective aural forms of communication.’
- ‘No performer, teacher, or leader of an ensemble could function properly without a high degree of aural perception.’
- ‘A Sense of Place will create a fascinating aural impression of Oxfordshire.’
- ‘The day begins violently with the aural attack of The Alarm Clock.’
- ‘Questions were geared both to general knowledge and to specific points requiring the use of visual and aural memory.’
- ‘Another option is a digital aural thermometer that measures the temperature in the ear.’
- ‘It's true what they say about heightened aural perception when you're deprived of your other senses.’
- ‘I hope that will not be the last time I shall experience such aural enjoyment.’
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
Mid 19th century: from Latin auris ‘ear’ + -al.
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