from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The theory or practice of teaching hearing-impaired or deaf persons to communicate by means of spoken language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A philosophy of education for the deaf, opposed to manualism, that uses spoken language consisting of lipreading, speech, the process of watching mouth movements, and mastering breathing techniques.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The system of teaching deaf-mutes by means of ordinary speech or lip-language, without the use of the hand-manual.
oral + -ism (Wiktionary)