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vault

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noun \ˈvȯlt\

Definition of vault

  1. 1a :  an arched structure of masonry usually forming a ceiling or roofb :  something (such as the sky) resembling a vaultc :  an arched or dome-shaped anatomical structure the cranial vault

  2. 2a :  a space covered by an arched structure; especially :  an underground passage or roomb :  an underground storage compartmentc :  a room or compartment for the safekeeping of valuables

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

vaulty

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Illustration of vault

Origin and Etymology of vault

Middle English vaute, voute, borrowed from Anglo-French voute, volte, going back to Vulgar Latin *volvita “turn, arched structure,” noun derivative from feminine of *volvitus, re-formation of Latin volūtus, past participle of volvere “to travel (a circular course), bring round, roll” — more at voluble


First Known Use: 14th century

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vault

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Definition of vault

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

Origin and Etymology of vault

Middle English vowten, borrowed from Anglo-French vouter, verbal derivative of voute 1vault


First Known Use: 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 and Etymology of vault

probably borrowed from Middle French vouster “to turn about (on horseback), wheel, prance,” going back to Vulgar Latin *volvitāre, frequentative of Latin volvere “to travel (a circular course), bring round, roll” — more at voluble


First Known Use: 1538


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vault

noun

Definition of vault

  1. :  an act of vaulting :  leap

Origin and Etymology of vault

noun derivative of 3vault


First Known Use: 1576

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VAULT Defined for Kids

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vault

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noun \ˈvȯlt\

Definition of vault for Students

  1. 1 :  a room or compartment for storage or safekeeping

  2. 2 :  something like a vast ceiling the vault of sky

  3. 3 :  an arched structure of stone or concrete forming a ceiling or roof

  4. 4 :  a burial chamber


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vault

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verb

Definition of vault for Students

vaulted

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vaulting

  1. :  to leap with the aid of the hands or a pole


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vault

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noun

Definition of vault for Students

  1. :  2leap 1


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 vaultb:  fornix d



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