noun \ˈvlt\

Definition of VAULT

a :  an arched structure of masonry usually forming a ceiling or roof
b :  something (as the sky) resembling a vault
c :  an arched or dome-shaped anatomical structure <the cranial vault>
a :  a space covered by an arched structure; especially :  an underground passage or room
b :  an underground storage compartment
c :  a room or compartment for the safekeeping of valuables
a :  a burial chamber
b :  a prefabricated container usually of metal or concrete into which a casket is placed at burial
vaulty \ˈvl-tē\ adjective

Illustration of VAULT

Origin of VAULT

Middle English vaute, voute, from Anglo-French voute, from Vulgar Latin *volvita turn, vault, from feminine of *volvitus, alteration of Latin volutus, past participle of volvere to roll — more at voluble
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with VAULT



Definition of VAULT

transitive verb
:  to form or cover with or as if with a vault :  arch

First Known Use of VAULT

14th century



Definition of VAULT

intransitive verb
:  to leap vigorously; especially :  to execute a leap using the hands or a pole
:  to do or achieve something as if by a leap <vaulted to sudden prominence>
transitive verb
:  to leap over; especially :  to leap over by or as if by aid of the hands or a pole

Origin of VAULT

Middle French volter, from Old Italian voltare, from Vulgar Latin *volvitare to turn, leap, frequentative of Latin volvere
First Known Use: 1538



Definition of VAULT

:  an act of vaulting :  leap

First Known Use of VAULT


Other Gymnastics Terms

aerial, pike


noun \ˈvlt, chiefly British ˈvält\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VAULT

:  an arched or dome-shaped anatomical structure: as a :  skullcap, calvarium <the cranial vault> b :  fornix d
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