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vault·​ing ˈvȯl-tiŋ How to pronounce vaulting (audio)
: vaulted construction


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

Examples of vaulting in a Sentence

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In just his second season pole vaulting, Pender went out in style. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 2 May 2024 Today, the vaulting near the ceiling is unfinished and some statue niches remain empty. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 17 Apr. 2024 That unpredictability can be common in pole vaulting, one of the sport’s many challenges. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan. 2024 Not every school has a pit and mat to safely accommodate pole vaulting, so athletes from all 13 schools travel to River Hill twice a week for practice. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for vaulting 

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Word History



vault entry 1 + -ing entry 1


from present participle of vault entry 3

First Known Use


1512, in the meaning defined above


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaulting was in 1512

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Cite this Entry

“Vaulting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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