Verbal

Definition of Verbal

Ver´bal
a.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.
3.Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation.
4.Abounding with words; verbose.
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.
n.1.(Gram.) A noun derived from a verb.

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