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

Other Words from vaulting


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

Examples of vaulting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Vaulting – Before content vaulting, answer these questions was a lot easier. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Destiny 2 is cutting the Forsaken campaign and the Tangled Shore destination as part of its upcoming round of content vaulting for The Witch Queen. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 On vaulting, the second U.S. event, Biles stepped off the mat on her first vault then scored 15.400 on her second for a 15.183 average. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2021 Carey, 21, who trains at Arizona Sunrays, already is qualified for the vaulting (Aug. 1) and floor exercise (Aug. 2) finals in her first Olympics. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2021 Katie excelled in pole vaulting at Olmsted Falls High School. cleveland, 5 Aug. 2021 Nageotte turned to pole vaulting in the seventh grade while attending Olmsted Falls Middle School. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2021 Dozens of people cheered and chanted for Skinner, 24, who won a silver medal on Sunday in Olympic women’s vaulting. Kaila White, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 On the second-greatest day in Arizona gymnastics history, 25 years after the first, MyKayla Skinner won a silver medal Sunday in Olympic women’s vaulting. Jeff Metcalfe, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2021

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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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11 Nov 2021

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“Vaulting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vaulting

: rising or reaching very high


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