vaporous

adjective
va·por·ous | \ ˈvā-p(ə-)rəs \

Definition of vaporous 

1 : consisting or characteristic of vapor

2 : producing vapors : volatile

3 : containing or obscured by vapors : misty

4a : ethereal, unsubstantial

b : consisting of or indulging in vaporings

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Other words from vaporous

vaporously adverb
vaporousness noun

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The instrumental music whips endlessly from a vaporous, stormy fog of sound to harsh crashes. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 Though the industry is still predominantly male and employment statistics are somewhat vaporous, the power and influence of women are, by all signs, on the upswing. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "Women in Weed: How Legal Marijuana Could Be the First Billion-Dollar Industry Not Dominated by Men," 20 Aug. 2015 All the while, showgoers gave a lesson in what real-world beauty looks like, highlighted by the vaporous curls, icy lavender dye jobs, and mall goth lipstick swipes that magnetized the photographer’s lens. Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Beauty From the Fall 2018 Shows," 8 Mar. 2018 The cut-outs expose the wall on which the painting hangs, but slow perusal begins to reveal vaporous flickers of pale color within the neat lineup of empty spaces. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Jim DeFrance retrospective at Doyle Arts Pavilion is a dazzler," 24 Feb. 2018 With the exception of one clever twist at the midway point, what transpires here is thin, vaporous and awfully derivative. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Lin Shaye is a scream, but 'Insidious: The Last Key' doesn't click," 4 Jan. 2018 Timelessness is one of those vaporous concepts that music writers often apply with sentimental carelessness. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Americana blurs the defining lines of country music," 25 Oct. 2017 The green hills and vaporous forests still call to them. Rick Lyman, New York Times, "A Long-Tolerant Spa Town Feels the Chill of Slovak Populism," 12 Sep. 2017 And the vaporous tail of the comet saturated the upper atmosphere with excess water, which lead to a cataclysmic rainfall. National Geographic, "Why Newton Believed a Comet Caused Noah's Flood," 30 Dec. 2016

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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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