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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

Example Sentences

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The exhibit covers the past eight decades, going back to the 1930s, and spotlights male and female athletes from baseball, football, track and field, diving, cycling, pole vaulting, horse racing and sports car racing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2023 During her senior year, Stokke was ranked second in California and the nation for pole vaulting. Jolene Latimer, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 Bungie did say that content vaulting would help with Destiny’s technical challenges, but so far things have only gotten worse. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 In 2007, photos of then-teenage Stokke pole vaulting went viral. Jolene Latimer, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 King Henry VIII had a liking for dangerous sports, including wrestling, hawking, pole vaulting and jousting. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2022 Track and field — even with the riskier events, such as pole vaulting and high jumping — bears little resemblance to contact sports such as football, hockey or lacrosse. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2022 Unvault Maps – There are a ton of maps just sitting around idle still after content vaulting. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 On top of all of this, Bungie has implemented content vaulting, deleting the entire first two years of content of the game (the base game, two DLCs and now its first expansion, Forsaken, when The Witch Queen arrives). Paul Tassi, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 23 Mar. 2023.

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