vault·​ing | \ ˈvȯl-tiŋ How to pronounce vaulting (audio) \

Definition of vaulting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: vaulted construction



Definition of vaulting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : reaching or stretching for the heights vaulting ambition a vaulting imagination
2 [from gerund of vault entry 3] : designed for use in vaulting or in gymnastic exercises a vaulting block

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Other Words from vaulting


vaultingly \ ˈvȯl-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce vaultingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of vaulting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pole vaulting is such a unique sport — speed, strength and agility. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Annual letter-of-intent event has different look at Petco Park," 11 Nov. 2020 Jeremy Taiwo was a world-class decathlete, a competition that requires excellence in 10 different events, from pole vaulting and discus throwing to a variety of runs. Washington Post, "In sports, winners get the glory. What happens to everyone else?," 18 Sep. 2020 Like Hitler, Kim’s vaulting ambition brought catastrophe to his own people as well as to his enemies and allies—although, unlike the Nazi dictator, the North Korean leader lived to impose his brand of totalitarianism on his countrymen. Arthur Herman, WSJ, "‘Ghost Flames’ Review: The Forgotten War," 4 Sep. 2020 Pole vaulting doesn't exceed the popularity of track and field sprinting events. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Casteel's Taylor Starkey raises the bar for her father's pole vaulting legacy," 20 June 2020 In the pole vaulting events, participants brought their own poles to use and on the track, starting blocks were sanitized every time a new heat began. Jack Williams, azcentral, "Desert Dream-Last Hurrah provides hope, possible solution for return to sports," 15 June 2020 The federal investigation, known as Operation Varsity Blues, found evidence that applicants manufactured or overstated accomplishments in soccer, tennis, water polo, pole vaulting and other sports in bids to get into prominent universities. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "U-Va.: ‘Prospect’ of gifts to school appeared to drive recruitment of student-athletes," 9 Aug. 2019 The vaulting of a popular TV comic to the top of Ukraine’s presidential race presents a quandary for the West by threatening to displace a leader and ally who for five years has led his country’s costly war against Russia. Alan Cullison, WSJ, "Can a Ukrainian Comic Stand Up to Russia? The West Worries," 3 Apr. 2019 After success in his first two years, Nilsen joined up with Washburn vaulting coach Rick Attig, using Attig as a private coach outside of his high school vaulting. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "Indoors and out, Park Hill High grad is the NCAA national pole vault champion," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of vaulting


1512, in the meaning defined above


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vaulting


vault entry 1 + -ing entry 1


from present participle of vault entry 3

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The first known use of vaulting was in 1512

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vaulting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vaulting

literary : rising or reaching very high

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