(a) The bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or
nation is put in the way of salvation; as, the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the
Gentiles under the gospel. "The golden chain of vocation, election, and justification." Jer. Taylor.
(b) A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.
Every member of the same [the Church], in his vocation and ministry.Bk. of Com. Prayer.
(Voc"a*tive) a. [L. vocativus, fr. vocare to call.] Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling; specifically
(Gram.), used in address; appellative; said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in
which a person or thing is addressed; as, Domine, O Lord.
(Voc"a*tive), n. [L. vocativus (sc. casus): cf. F. vocatif.] (Gram.) The vocative case.
(Vo*cif"er*ance) n. Vociferation; noise; clamor. [R.] R. Browning.
(Vo*cif"er*ant) a. [L. vociferans, p. pr.] Noisy; clamorous. Gauden. R. Browning.
(Vo*cif"er*ate) v. i. [L. vociferatus, p. p. vociferari to vociferate; vox, vocis, voice + ferre
to bear. See Voice, and Bear to carry.] To cry out with vehemence; to exclaim; to bawl; to clamor. Cowper.
(Vo*cif"er*ate), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vociferated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Vociferating.] To utter
with a loud voice; to shout out.
Though he may vociferate the word liberty.V. Knox.
(Vo*cif`er*a"tion) n. [L. vociferatio: cf. F. vocifération.] The act of vociferating; violent outcry; vehement
utterance of the voice.
Violent gesture and vociferation naturally shake the hearts of the ignorant.Spectator.
Plaintive strains succeeding the vociferations of emotion or of pain.Byron.
(Vo*cif"er*a`tor) n. One who vociferates, or is clamorous. [R.]
(Vo*cif"er*ous) a. [Cf. F. vocifère.] Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy; as, vociferous
heralds. Vo*cif"er*ous*ly, adv. Vo*cif"er*ous*ness, n.
(Voc"ule) n. [L. vocula, dim. of vox, vocis, voice.] (Phon.) A short or weak utterance; a faint
or feeble sound, as that heard on separating the lips in pronouncing p or b. Rush. Voc"u*lar a.
(Vo*da"ni*um) n. [NL.] (Old Chem.) A supposed element, afterward found to be a mixture of
several metals, as copper, iron, lead, nickel, etc.
(Vod"ka) n. [Russ.] A Russian drink distilled from rye.
(Voe) n. [Cf. Icel ver sea, vöar a fenced-in landing place.] An inlet, bay, or creek; so called in
the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Jamieson.
(Vo"gle) n. (Mining) Same as Vugg.
(Vogue) n. [F. vogue a rowing, vogue, fashion, It. voga, fr. vogare to row, to sail; probably fr.
OHG. wagn to move, akin to E. way. Cf. Way.]