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vault

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noun \ˈvȯlt\

Definition of vault

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 a :  a burial chamber b :  a prefabricated container usually of metal or concrete into which a casket is placed at burial

vaulty play \ˈvȯl-tē\ adjective


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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

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vault

verb

Definition of vault

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



14th Century

First Known Use of vault

14th century


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vault

verb

Definition of vault

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to leap vigorously; especially :  to execute a leap using the hands or a pole

  3. 2 :  to do or achieve something as if by a leap <vaulted to sudden prominence>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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


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vault

noun

Definition of vault

  1. :  an act of vaulting :  leap



1576

First Known Use of vault

1576

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Medical Dictionary

vault

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noun \ˈvȯlt, chiefly British ˈvält\

Medical Definition of vault

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






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