va·​por·​ous | \ ˈvā-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce vaporous (audio) \

Definition of vaporous

1 : consisting or characteristic of vapor
2 : producing vapors : volatile
3 : containing or obscured by vapors : misty
b : consisting of or indulging in vaporings

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Other Words from vaporous

vaporously adverb
vaporousness noun

Examples of vaporous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of germicidal lights and vaporous hydrogen peroxide for cleaning N95 masks, which Hough said are not easy for most people to purchase or use. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Scientists at DHS labs are uncovering the secrets of coronavirus," 29 June 2020 Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, vaporous hydrogen peroxide and moist heat are the most promising ways to decontaminate such masks. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Wondering how to reuse PPE? Here's what the CDC says," 14 Apr. 2020 Mild humor about the micronation’s pretensions to real statehood seems especially vaporous on the imposing set (by Andrew Boyce) and amid the foreboding ocean roar of Jane Shaw’s sound design. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Terra Firma,’ a Wee Wet Country on the Brink," 10 Oct. 2019 When our politicians speak, their vaporous words dissolve like ants in a blazing furnace. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "The Queen’s Speech," 7 Apr. 2020 But as Voyager 2 discovered, that protection doesn’t stop it from discharging gassy cannonballs into space. That colossal, vaporous blob was something called a plasmoid. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, "Uranus Ejected a Giant Plasma Bubble During Voyager 2’s Visit," 27 Mar. 2020 Most sane people who attend public architecture panels will roll their eyes at least occasionally at the pomposity or vaporous pretension of some panelist or other, but that is hardly grounds for blanket exclusion of professional opinion. Washington Post, "New architectural guidelines would make America look ridiculous again," 6 Feb. 2020 This column has been hard on Bloomberg News for forecasting a wholesale transition to electric cars in the near future based on vaporous promises by politicians eventually to ban gasoline-powered cars. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Tesla’s Stock Goes to Heaven," 4 Feb. 2020 The universe boasts many, many second-string exoplanets: large waterlogged worlds, vaporous gas balls and objects that are simply too hot or too cold to be great places for biology. NBC News, "How a discovery that earned the Nobel Prize in Physics transformed the hunt for alien life," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of vaporous

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vaporous

borrowed from Latin vaporōsus "full of steam," from vapor "steam, vapor entry 1" + -ōsus -ous

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The first known use of vaporous was in 1527

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10 Jul 2020

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“Vaporous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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