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 3vault ] : designed for use in vaulting or in gymnastic exercises a vaulting block

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

Examples of vaulting in a Sentence

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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 Later, at 14, after leaving gymnastics and picking up pole vaulting, the back injury returned. Glamour, "'It Ends Today': The Survivors of Larry Nassar, In Their Own Words," 24 Jan. 2018 The priestess’s jealousy explodes into a trio that at its climax suddenly shifts from minor to major in a glorious vaulting phrase. James Jorden, New York Times, "Hear What Makes ‘Norma’ the Everest of Opera," 20 Sep. 2017 Cut from his high school basketball team, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Hardee turned to pole vaulting and went to Mississippi State hoping to become the next Sergei Bubka. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Stage all set for Hardee at worlds after Eaton’s retirement," 2 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of vaulting

literary : rising or reaching very high

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