Word definition: verbal

Defiintion of verbal:

[adj] communicated in the form of words; "verbal imagery"; "a verbal protest"
[adj] (archaic) "you put me to forget a lady's manners by being so verbal"- Shakespeare
[adj] relating to or having facility in the use of words; "a good poet is a verbal artist"; "a merely verbal writer who sacrifices content to sound"; "verbal aptitude"
[adj] expressed in spoken words; "a verbal contract"
[adj] of or relating to or formed from a verb; "verbal adjectives like `running' in `hot and cold running water'"
[adj] of or relating to or formed from words in general; "verbal ability"

Synonyms of verbal:

communicative, communicatory, prolix, spoken

Antonyms of verbal:

mathematical, numerical

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Webster Dictionary (1913) for verbal:

\Ver"bal\, a. [F., fr. L. verbalis. See {Verb}.]
1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but
   commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not
   written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.

         Made she no verbal question?          --Shak.

         We subjoin an engraving . . . which will give the
         reader a far better notion of the structure than any
         verbal description could convey to the mind.
                                               --Mayhew.

2. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing
   with words rather than with the ideas intended to be
   conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change.

         And loses, though but verbal, his reward. --Milton.

         Mere verbal refinements, instead of substantial
         knowledge.                            --Whewell.

3. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as,
   a verbal translation.

4. Abounding with words; verbose. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group;
   derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used in
   forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix.

{Verbal inspiration}. See under {Inspiration}.

{Verbal noun} (Gram.), a noun derived directly from a verb or
   verb stem; a verbal. The term is specifically applied to
   infinitives, and nouns ending in -ing, esp. to the latter.
   See {Gerund}, and {-ing}, 2. See also, {Infinitive mood},
   under {Infinitive}.

\Ver"bal\, n. (Gram.) A noun derived from a verb.