from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or perceived by the ear.
  • adj. Characterized by or relating to an aura.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ear.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to sound.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an aura.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the air, or to an aura.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the air or to an aura.
  • Relating to the ear: as, the aural orifice; aural surgery.
  • Perceived by the ear; learned by hearing; auricular.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or characterized by an aura
  • adj. of or pertaining to hearing or the ear


From Latin auris, ear; see ous- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin auris ("ear") +‎ -al (Wiktionary)
From Latin aura ("moving air, breeze, vital air") +‎ -al (Wiktionary)


  • Both kinds may hold information, the minimum requirement to call an aural disturbance a “communication” rather than simply “noise.”


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  • Thus, we can call the aural boundaries "natural" boundaries, and other boundaries "artificial."

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  • I'd even give a nod to their live accompaniment to “Planet Earth,” the mother of all nature documentaries; you could argue that live music is a kind of aural HD accompaniment to the film's remarkable nature footage.

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  • But a news station is not a place to carry through the Disney mission with a kind of "aural" branding.

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  • McLuhan partly bemoaned the rise of the alphabet because it helped destroy an "aural" space that he believed was "cooler."

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  • They're all compilations or home recordings of one kind or another, and together they represent a kind of aural inventory of my changing tastes, fortunes and moods since the early 1990s.

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  • When it switched from base level to cooling cycle, it cast a kind of aural shadow, not enough to distract, but certainly enough to add color.

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  • A miasma of occular assaults backgrounded by the distinct lack of any kind of aural input.

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  • "Clearly, any kind of aural communication, " September mused, 'like drums or horns, are out of the question here.



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