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    VAN-GUARD, n. [van and guard.] The troops who march in front of an army; the first line.

    VANILLA, n. A genus of plants which have an unctuous aromatic taste, and a fragrant smell; natives of South America and the West Indies.

    VANISH, v.i. [L. vanesco, vanus, vain, or its root; Eng. to wane. The primary sense is to withdraw or depart.]

    1. To disappear; to pass from a visible to an invisible state; as, vapor vanishes from the sight by being dissipated. Light vanishes, when the rays of the illuminating body are intercepted; darkness vanishes before the rising sun.NWAD VANISH.2

    2. To disappear; to pass beyond the limit of vision; as, a ship vanishes from the sight of spectators on land.NWAD VANISH.3

    3. To disappear; to pass away; to be annihilated or lost. How cheering is the well founded hope of enjoying delights which can never vanish!NWAD VANISH.4

    VANISHED, a. Having no perceptible existence.

    VANISHING, ppr. Disappearing; passing from the sight or possession; departing forever.

    VANITY, n. [L. vanitas, from vanus, vain.]

    1. Emptiness; want of substance to satisfy desire; uncertainty; inanity.NWAD VANITY.2

    Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2.NWAD VANITY.3

    2. Fruitless desire or endeavor.NWAD VANITY.4

    Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the certainty of things to come.NWAD VANITY.5

    3. Trifling labor that produces no good.NWAD VANITY.6

    4. Emptiness; untruthNWAD VANITY.7

    Here I may well show the vanity of what is reported in the story of Walsingham.NWAD VANITY.8

    5. Empty pleasure; vain pursuit; idle show; unsubstantial enjoyment.NWAD VANITY.9

    Sin with vanity had fill’d the works of men.NWAD VANITY.10

    Think not when woman’s transient breath is fled, that all her vanities at once are dead; succeeding vanities she still regards.NWAD VANITY.11

    6. Ostentation; arrogance.NWAD VANITY.12

    7. Inflation of mind upon slight grounds; empty pride, inspired by an overweening conceit of one’s personal attainments or decorations. Fops cannot be cured of their vanity.NWAD VANITY.13

    Vanity is the food of fools.NWAD VANITY.14

    No man sympathizes with the sorrows of vanity.NWAD VANITY.15

    VANQUISH, v.t. [L. vinco, vincio, to bind.]

    1. To conquer; to overcome; to subdue in battle; as an enemy.NWAD VANQUISH.2

    They vanquished the rebels in all encounters.NWAD VANQUISH.3

    2. To defeat in any contest; to refute in argument.NWAD VANQUISH.4

    VANQUISH, n. A disease in sheep, in which they pine away.

    VANQUISHABLE, a. That may be conquered.

    VANQUISHED, pp. Overcome in battle; subdued; defeated.

    VANQUISHER, n. A conqueror; a victor.

    VANQUISHING, ppr. Conquering; subduing; defeating; refuting.

    VANSIRE, n. In zoology, a species of weasel with short ears, found in Madagascar.

    VANT, v.i. To boast. [This is the more correct orthography. See Vaunt.]

    VANTAGE, n. [L. venio. See Advantage and Van.]

    1. Gain; profit. Obs.NWAD VANTAGE.2

    2. Superiority; state in which one has better means of action or defense than another. [This, I believe, is used only in the compound, vantage-ground.]NWAD VANTAGE.3

    3. Opportunity; convenience. Obs.NWAD VANTAGE.4

    VANTAGE, v.t. To profit. [Not in use.]

    VANTAGE-GROUND, n. Superiority of state or place; the place or condition which gives one an advantage over another.

    VANTBRASS, n. Armor for the arm. Obs.

    VAPID, a. [L. vapidus. The radical verb is not in the Latin, but the sense must be to pass or fly off, to escape; or to strike down. L. vapulo. It is probably allied to vapor.]

    1. Having lost its life and spirit; dead; spiritless; flat; as vapid beer; a vapid state of the blood.NWAD VAPID.2

    2. Dull; unaminated.NWAD VAPID.3


    1. The state of having lost its life or spirit; deadness; flatness; as the vapidness of ale or cider.NWAD VAPIDNESS.2

    2. Dullness; want of life or spirit.NWAD VAPIDNESS.3

    VAPOR, n. [L. vapor.]

    1. In a general sense, an invisible elastic fluid, rendered aeriform by heat, and capable of being condensed, or brought back to the liquid or solid state, by cold. The vapor of water is distinguished by the name of steam, which see.NWAD VAPOR.2

    2. A visible fluid floating in the atmosphere. All substances which impair the transparency of the atmosphere, as smoke, fog, etc. are in common language called vapors, though the term vapor is technical applied only to an invisible and condensible substance, as in No. 1; fog, etc. being vapor condensed, or water in a minute state of division. Vapor rising into the higher regions of the atmosphere, and condensed in large volumes, forms clouds.NWAD VAPOR.3

    3. Substances resembling smoke, which sometimes fill the atmosphere, particularly in America during the autumn.NWAD VAPOR.4

    4. Wind; flatulence.NWAD VAPOR.5

    5. Mental fume; vain imagination; unreal fancy.NWAD VAPOR.6

    6. Vapors, a disease of nervous debility, in which a variety of strange images float in the brain, or appear as if visible. Hence hypochondriacal affections and spleen are called vapors.NWAD VAPOR.7

    7. Something unsubstantial, fleeting or transitory.NWAD VAPOR.8

    For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14.NWAD VAPOR.9

    VAPOR, v.i. [L. veporo.]

    1. To pass off in fumes or a moist floating substance; to steam; to be exhaled; to evaporate. [In this sense, evaporate is generally used.]NWAD VAPOR.11

    2. To emit fumes.NWAD VAPOR.12

    Running water vapors not so much as standing water. [Little used.]NWAD VAPOR.13

    3. To bully; to boast or vaunt with a vain ostentatious display of worth; to brag.NWAD VAPOR.14

    [This is the most usual signification of the word.]NWAD VAPOR.15

    And what in real value’s wanting, supply with vaporing and ranting.NWAD VAPOR.16

    VAPOR, v.t. To emit, cast off or scatter in fumes or stream; as, to vapor away a heated fluid.

    Another sighing vapors forth his soul.NWAD VAPOR.18

    VAPORABILITY, n. The quality of being capable of vaporization.

    VAPORABLE, a. Capable of being converted into vapor by the agency of caloric.

    VAORATE, v.i. To emit vapor. [See Evaporate.]

    VAPORATION, n. [L. vaporatio.] The act or process of converting into vapor, or of passing off in vapor.

    VAPOR-BATH, n. [vapor and bath.]

    1. The application of vapor to the body in a close place.NWAD VAPOR-BATH.2

    2. In chimistry, an apparatus for heating bodies by the fumes of hot water.NWAD VAPOR-BATH.3

    VAPORED, a.

    1. Moist; wet with vapors.NWAD VAPORED.2

    2. Splenetic; peevish.NWAD VAPORED.3

    VAPORER, n. A boaster; one who makes a vaunting display of his prowess or worth; a braggart.

    VAPORIFIC, a. [L. vapor and facio, to make.]

    Forming into vapor; converting into steam, or expelling in a volatile form, as fluids.NWAD VAPORIFIC.2

    VAPORING, ppr. Boasting; vaunting ostentatiously and vainly.

    VAPORINGLY, adv. In a boasting manner.

    VAPORISH, a.

    1. Full of vapors.NWAD VAPORISH.2

    2. Hypochondriac; splenetic; affected by hysterics.NWAD VAPORISH.3

    VAPORIZATION, n. The artificial formation of vapor.

    VAPORIZE, v.t. To convert into vapor by the application of heat or artificial means.

    VAPORIZE, v.i. To pass off in vapor.

    VAPORIZED, pp. Expelled in vapor.

    VAPORIZING, ppr. Converting into vapor.

    VAPOROUS, a.

    1. Full of vapors or exhalations; as the vaporous air of valleys.NWAD VAPOROUS.2

    2. Vain; unreal; proceeding from the vapors.NWAD VAPOROUS.3

    3. Windy; flatulent; as, vaporous food is the most easily digested.NWAD VAPOROUS.4

    VAPOROUSNESS, n. State of being full of vapors.

    VAPORY, a.

    1. Vaporous; full of vapors.NWAD VAPORY.2

    2. Hypochondriac; splenetic; peevish.NWAD VAPORY.3

    VAPULATION, n. [L. vapulo.] The act of beating or shipping. [Not in use.]

    VARE, n. A wand or staff of justice. [Not in use.]

    VAREC, n. The French name for kelp or incinerated sea weed; wrack.

    VARI, n. In zoology, a species of quadruped, the maucauco or Lemur catta of Linne, having its tail marked with rings of black and white; a native of Madagascar. The vari of Buffon is the black maucauco, L. macaco of Linne, with the neck bearded, like a ruff.

    VARIABLE, a.

    1. That may vary or alter; capable of alteration in any manner; changeable; as variable winds or seasons; variable colors.NWAD VARIABLE.2

    2. Susceptible of change; liable to change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable.NWAD VARIABLE.3

    His heart I know, how variable and vain.NWAD VARIABLE.4

    3. In mathematics, subject to continual increase or decrease; in opposition to constant, retaining the same value.NWAD VARIABLE.5

    VARIABLE, n. In mathematics, a quantity which is in a state of continual increase or decrease. The indefinitely small quantity by which a variable is continually increased or diminished, is called its differential, and the method of finding these quantities, the differential calculus.


    1. Susceptibility of change; liableness or aptness to alter; changeableness; as the variableness of the weather.NWAD VARIABLENESS.2

    2. Inconstancy; fickleness; unsteadiness; levity; as the variableness of human passions.NWAD VARIABLENESS.3

    VARIABLY, adv. Changeably; with alteration; in an inconstant or fickle manner.

    VARIANCE, n. [See Vary.]

    1. In law, an alteration of something formerly laid in a writ; or a difference between a declaration and a writ, or the deed on which it is grounded.NWAD VARIANCE.2

    2. Any alteration or change of condition.NWAD VARIANCE.3

    3. Difference that produces dispute or controversy; disagreement; dissension; discord. A mere variance may become a war. Without a spirit of condescension, there will be an everlasting variance.NWAD VARIANCE.4

    1. At variance, in disagreement; in a state of difference or want of agreement.NWAD VARIANCE.5

    2. In a state of dissension or controversy; in a state of enmity.NWAD VARIANCE.6

    VARIATE, v.t.

    1. To alter; to make different.NWAD VARIATE.2

    2. To vary. [A bad word.]NWAD VARIATE.3

    VARIATION, n. [L. variatio. See Vary.]

    1. Alteration; a partial change in the form, position, state or qualities of the same thing; as a variation of color in different lights; a variation in the size of a plant from day to day; the unceasing, though slow variation of language; a variation in a soil from year to year. Our opinions are subject to continual variations.NWAD VARIATION.2

    The essences of things are conceived not capable of such variation.NWAD VARIATION.3

    2. Difference; change from one to another.NWAD VARIATION.4

    In some other places are born more females than males; which, upon this variation of proportion, I recommend to the curious.NWAD VARIATION.5

    3. In grammar, change of termination of nouns and adjectives, constituting what is called case, number and gender; as the variation of words.NWAD VARIATION.6

    4. Deviation; as a variation of a transcript from the original.NWAD VARIATION.7

    5. In astronomy, the variation of the moon is the third inequality in her motion; by which, when out of the quadratures, her true place differs from her place twice equated.NWAD VARIATION.8

    6. In geography and navigation, the deviation of the magnetic needle from the true north point; called also declination.NWAD VARIATION.9

    The variation of the needle at New Haven, in 1820, as ascertained from the mean of numerous observations made by Professor Fisher, was 4 degrees 25.42’ west.NWAD VARIATION.10

    7. In music, the different manner of singing or playing the same air or tune, by subdividing the notes into several others of less value, or by adding graces, yet so that the tune itself may be discovered through all its embellishments.NWAD VARIATION.11

    VARICOCELE, n. [L. varix, a dilated vein, and Gr. a tumor.]

    In surgery, a varicous enlargement of the veins of the spermatic cord; or more generally, a like enlargement of the veins of the scrotum.NWAD VARICOCELE.2

    VARICOSE, VARICOUS, a. [L. varicosus, having enlarged veins.]

    1. Preternaturally enlarged, or permanently dilated, as a vein.NWAD VARICOSE.2

    2. Swelled; puffy; as an ulcer on the legs of beasts.NWAD VARICOSE.3

    VARIED, pp. of vary. Altered; partially changed; changed.

    VARIEGATE, v.t. [L. vario, varius. See Vary.]

    To diversify in external appearance; to mark with different colors; as, to variegate a floor with marble of different colors. The shells are filled with a white spar, which variegates and adds to the beauty of the stone.NWAD VARIEGATE.2

    Ladies like variegated tulips show.NWAD VARIEGATE.3

    VARIEGATED, pp. Diversified in colors or external appearance. Variegated leaves, in botany, are such as are irregularly marked with white or yellow spots.

    VARIEGATING, ppr. Diversifying with colors.

    VARIEGATION, n. The act of diversifying, or state of being diversified by different colors; diversity of colors.

    VARIETY, n. [L. varietas, from vario, to vary.]

    1. Intermixture of different things, or of things different in form; or a succession of different things.NWAD VARIETY.2

    Variety is nothing else but a continued novelty.NWAD VARIETY.3

    The variety of colors depends on the composition of light.NWAD VARIETY.4

    2. One thing of many which constitute variety. In this sense, it has a plural; as the varieties of a species.NWAD VARIETY.5

    3. Difference; dissimilitude.NWAD VARIETY.6

    There is a variety in the tempers of good men.NWAD VARIETY.7

    4. Variation; deviation; change from a former state. [Little used.]NWAD VARIETY.8

    5. Many and different kinds. The shopkeeper has a great variety of cottons and silks.NWAD VARIETY.9

    He wants to do a variety of good things.NWAD VARIETY.10

    6. In natural history, a difference not permanent or invariable, but occasioned by an accidental change; as a variety of any species of plant.NWAD VARIETY.11

    Naturalists formerly erred very much in supposing an accidental variety of plants, animals or minerals, to be a distinct species. Ray has established a good test for varieties in botany. A plant is distinct, which propagates itself in its own form by its seed; but when the difference disappears in the new plant, it is only a variety. Variety then is a difference between individuals, not permanent nor important enough to constitute a distinct species; such as in size, color, fullness, curling, etc.NWAD VARIETY.12

    7. Different sort; as varieties of soil or land.NWAD VARIETY.13

    VARIOLITE, n. [L. varius and Gr. stone.]

    In mineralogy, a kind of porphyritic rock, in which the imbedded substances are imperfectly crystallized, or are rounded, giving the stone a spotted appearance.NWAD VARIOLITE.2

    Variolites are fragments of primitive gladular rocks.NWAD VARIOLITE.3

    VARIOLOID, n. [L. variolae and Gr. form.]

    The name recently given to a disease resembling the small pox.NWAD VARIOLOID.2

    VARIOLOUS, a. [L. variolae, from vario, to diversify.] Pertaining to or designating the small pox.

    VARIOUS, a. [L. varius, See Vary.]

    1. different; several; manifold; as men of various names and various occupations.NWAD VARIOUS.2

    2. Changeable; uncertain; unfixed.NWAD VARIOUS.3

    The names of mixed modes - are very various and doubtful.NWAD VARIOUS.4

    3. Unlike each other; diverse.NWAD VARIOUS.5

    So many and so various laws are giv’n.NWAD VARIOUS.6

    4. Variegated; diversified.NWAD VARIOUS.7

    VARIOUSLY, adv. In different ways; with change; with diversity; as objects variously represented; flowers variously colored. The human system is variously affected by different medicines.

    VARIX, n. [L.]

    1. An uneven swelling of a dilated vein.NWAD VARIX.2

    2. In beasts, a sort of puffy dilatation or enlargement in some part of a vein, forming a kind of knot.NWAD VARIX.3

    VARLET, n. [See Valet.]

    1. Anciently, a servant or footman.NWAD VARLET.2

    2. A scoundrel; a rascal; as an impudent varlet.NWAD VARLET.3

    VARLETRY, n. The rabble; the crowd. [Not in use.]

    VARNISH, n. [Low L. vernix.]

    1. A thick, viscid, glossy liquid, laid on work by painters and others, to give it a smooth hard surface and a beautiful gloss. Varnishes are made of different materials and for different purposes. amber varnish is made of amber, lintseed oil, litharge and turpentine. Black varnish, for japanning wood and leather, is made by mixing lampblack with a proper quantity of a strong solution of gum-lac in spirit of wine.NWAD VARNISH.2

    2. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any act or conduct.NWAD VARNISH.3

    VARNISH, v.t.

    1. To lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid, for giving any thing a glossy surface; as, to varnish a sideboard or table.NWAD VARNISH.5

    2. To cover with something that gives a fair external appearance.NWAD VARNISH.6

    Close ambition, varnish’d o’er with zeal.NWAD VARNISH.7

    3. To give a fair external appearance in words; to give a fair coloring to; as, to varnish errors or deformity.NWAD VARNISH.8

    Cato’s voice was ne’er employ’d to clear the guilty, and to varnish crimes.NWAD VARNISH.9

    And bow the knee to pomp that loves to varnish guilt.NWAD VARNISH.10

    VARNISHED, pp.

    1. Covered with varnish; made glossy.NWAD VARNISHED.2

    2. Rendered fair in external appearance.NWAD VARNISHED.3


    1. One who varnishes, or whose occupation is to varnish.NWAD VARNISHER.2

    2. One who disguises or palliates; one who gives a fair external appearance.NWAD VARNISHER.3

    VARNISHING, ppr. Laying on varnish; giving a fair external appearance.

    VARNISH-TREE, n. The Rhus vernix, poison ash, or poison oak.

    VARVELS, VERVELS, n. Silver rings about the legs of a hawk, on which the owner’s name is engraved.

    VARY, v.t. [L. vario, verto.]

    1. To alter in form, appearance, substance or position; to make different by a partial change; as, to vary a thing in dimensions; to vary its properties, proportions or nature; to vary the posture or attitude of a thing; to vary one’s dress.NWAD VARY.2

    2. To change to something else.NWAD VARY.3

    Gods, that never change their state, vary oft their love and hate.NWAD VARY.4

    We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.NWAD VARY.5

    3. To make of different kinds.NWAD VARY.6

    God hath varied the inclinations of men, according to the variety of actions to be performed.NWAD VARY.7

    4. To diversify; to variegate.NWAD VARY.8

    God hath here varied his bounty so with new delights.NWAD VARY.9

    VARY, v.i.

    1. To alter or be altered in any manner; to suffer a partial change. Colors often vary when held in different positions. Customs vary from one age to another, until they are entirely changed.NWAD VARY.11

    2. To be changeable; to alter; as the varying hues of the clouds; the varying plumage of a dove.NWAD VARY.12

    3. To differ or be different; to be unlike. The laws of different countries vary. The laws of France vary from those of England.NWAD VARY.13

    4. To be changed; to become different. The man varies in his opinions; his opinions vary with the times.NWAD VARY.14

    5. To become unlike one’s self; to alter.NWAD VARY.15

    He varies from himself no less.NWAD VARY.16

    6. To deviate; to depart; as, to vary from the law; to vary from the rules of justice or reason.NWAD VARY.17

    7. To alter or change in succession.NWAD VARY.18

    While fear and anger, with alternate grace, pant in her breast, and vary in her face.NWAD VARY.19

    8. To disagree; to be at variance; as, men vary in opinion.NWAD VARY.20

    VARY, n. Alternation; change. [Not in use.]

    VARYING, ppr. Altering; changing; deviating.

    VASCULAR, a. [L. vasculum, a vessel, from vas, id.]

    1. Pertaining to the vessels of animal or vegetable bodies; as the vascular functions.NWAD VASCULAR.2

    2. Full of vessels; consisting of animal or vegetable vessels, as arteries, veins, lacteals and the like; as the vascular system. Animal flesh is all vascular, none of it parenchymous.NWAD VASCULAR.3

    VASCULARITY, n. The state of being vascular.

    VASCULIFEROUS, a. [L. vasculum and fero, to bear.]

    Vasculiferous plants are such as have seed vessels divided into cells.NWAD VASCULIFEROUS.2

    VASE, n. [L. vas, vasa, a vessel.]

    1. A vessel for domestic use, or for use in temples; as a vase for sacrifice, an urn, etc.NWAD VASE.2

    2. An ancient vessel dug out of the ground or from rubbish, and kept as a curiosity.NWAD VASE.3

    3. In architecture, an ornament of sculpture, placed on socles or pedestals, representing the vessels of the ancients, as incensepots, flower-pots, etc. They usually crown or finish facades or frontispieces.NWAD VASE.4

    4. The body of the Corinthian and Composite capital; called also the tambor or drum.NWAD VASE.5

    5. Among florists, the calyx of a plant, as of a tulip.NWAD VASE.6

    6. Among goldsmiths, the middle of a church candlestick.NWAD VASE.7

    7. A solid piece of ornamental marble.NWAD VASE.8

    VASSAL, n.

    1. A feudatory; a tenant; one who holds land of a superior, and who vows fidelity and homage to him. A rear vassal is one who holds of a lord who is himself a vassal.NWAD VASSAL.2

    2. A subject; a dependant.NWAD VASSAL.3

    3. A servant.NWAD VASSAL.4

    4. In common language, a bondman; a political slave. We will never be the vassals of a foreign prince.NWAD VASSAL.5

    VASSAL, v.t. To subject to control; to enslave.


    1. The state of being a vassal or feudatory.NWAD VASSALAGE.2

    2. Political servitude; dependence; subjection; slavery. The Greeks were long held in vassalage by the Turks.NWAD VASSALAGE.3

    VASSALED, pp. or a. Enslaved; subjected to absolute power; as a vassaled land.

    VAST, a. [L. vastus. The primary sense of the root must be a part or spread, as this is connected with the verb to waste.]

    1. Being of great extent; very spacious or large; as the vast ocean; a vast abyss; the vast empire of Russia; the vast plains of Syria; the vast domains of the Almighty.NWAD VAST.2

    2. Huge in bulk and extent; as the vast mountains of Asia; the vast range of the Andes.NWAD VAST.3

    3. Very great in numbers or amount; as a vast army; vast numbers or multitudes were slain; vast sums of money have been expended to gratify pride and ambition.NWAD VAST.4

    4. Very great in force; mighty; as vast efforts; vast labor.NWAD VAST.5

    5. Very great in importance; as a subject of vast concern.NWAD VAST.6

    VAST, n. An empty waste.

    Through the vast of heav’n it sounded.NWAD VAST.8

    The watery vast.NWAD VAST.9

    VASTATION, n. [L. vastatio, from vasto, to waste.]

    A laying waste; waste; depopulation. [Devastation is generally used.]NWAD VASTATION.2

    VASTIDITY, n. Vastness; immensity. [Not English.]

    VASTLY, adv. Very greatly; to a great extent or degree; as a space vastly extended. Men differ vastly in their opinions and manners.

    VASTNESS, n.

    1. Great extent; immensity; as the vastness of the ocean or of space.NWAD VASTNESS.2

    2. Immense bulk and extent; as the vastness of a mountain.NWAD VASTNESS.3

    3. Immense magnitude or amount; as the vastness of an army, or of the sums of money necessary to support it.NWAD VASTNESS.4

    4. Immense importance.NWAD VASTNESS.5

    VASTY, a. Being of great extent; very spacious.

    I can call spirits from the vasty deep. [Little used.]NWAD VASTY.2

    VAT, n. [See also Fat.]

    1. A large vessel or cistern for holding liquors in an immature state; as vats for wine.NWAD VAT.2

    Let him produce his vats and tubs, in opposition to heaps of arms and standards.NWAD VAT.3

    2. A square box or cistern in which hides are laid for steeping in tan.NWAD VAT.4

    3. An oil measure in Holland; also, a wine measure.NWAD VAT.5

    4. A square hollow place on the back of a calcining furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.NWAD VAT.6

    VATICAN, n. In Rome, the celebrated church of St. Peter; and also, a magnificent palace of the pope; situated at the foot of one of the seven hills on which Rome was built. Hence the phrase, the thunders of the Vatican, meaning the anathemas or denunciations of the pope.

    VATICIDE, n. [L. vates, a prophet, and caedo, to kill.]

    The murderer of a prophet.NWAD VATICIDE.2

    VATICINAL, a. [L. vaticinor, to prophesy.] Containing prophecy.

    VATICINATE, v.i. [L. vaticinor, from vates, a prophet.]

    To prophesy; to foretell; to practice prediction. [Little used.]NWAD VATICINATE.2

    VATICINATION, n. Prediction; prophecy.

    VAULT, n. [L. vultus; a derivative of L. volvo, volutus.]

    1. A continued arch, or an arched roof. Vaults are of various kinds, circular, elliptical, single, double, cross, diagonal, Gothic, etc.NWAD VAULT.2

    2. A cellar.NWAD VAULT.3

    To banish rats that haunt our vault.NWAD VAULT.4

    3. A cave or cavern.NWAD VAULT.5

    The silent vaults of death, unknown to light.NWAD VAULT.6

    4. A repository for the dead.NWAD VAULT.7

    5. In the manege, the leap or a horse.NWAD VAULT.8

    VAULT, v.t. To arch; to form with a vault; or to cover with a vault; as, to vault a passage to a court.

    VAULT, v.i.

    1. To leap; to bound; to jump; to spring.NWAD VAULT.11

    Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself -NWAD VAULT.12

    Leaning on his lance, he vaulted on a tree.NWAD VAULT.13

    Lucan vaulted upon Pegasus with all the heat and intrepidity of youth.NWAD VAULT.14

    2. To tumble; to exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping.NWAD VAULT.15

    VAULTAGE, n. Vaulted work; an arched cellar. [Not in use.]

    VAULTED, pp.

    1. Arched; concave; as a vaulted roof.NWAD VAULTED.2

    2. Covered with an arch or vault.NWAD VAULTED.3

    3. a. In botany, arched like the roof of the mouth, as the upper lip of many ringent flowers.NWAD VAULTED.4

    VAULTER, n. One that vaults; a leaper; a tumbler.

    VAULTING, ppr.

    1. Arching; covering with an arch.NWAD VAULTING.2

    2. Leaping; tumbling; exhibiting feats of leaping.NWAD VAULTING.3

    VAULTY, a. Arched; concave. [Not in use.]

    VAUNT, v.i. [L. vanus. This ought to be written vant.]

    To boast; to make a vain display of one’s own worth, attainments or decorations; to talk with vain ostentation; to brag.NWAD VAUNT.2

    Pride - prompts a man to vaunt and overvalue what he is.NWAD VAUNT.3

    VAUNT, v.t. To boast of; to make a vain display of.

    My vanquisher, spoil’d of his vaunted spoil.NWAD VAUNT.5

    Charity vaunteth not itself. 1 Corinthians 13:4.NWAD VAUNT.6

    VAUNT, n. Boast; a vain display of what one is or has, or has done; ostentation from vanity.

    Him I seduc’d with other vaunts and other promises.NWAD VAUNT.8

    VAUNT, n. The first part. [Not used.]

    VAUNT-COURIER, n. A precursor.

    VAUNTED, pp. Vainly boasted of or displayed.

    VAUNTER, n. A vain conceited boaster; a braggart; a man given to vain ostentation.

    VAUNTFUL, a. Boastful; vainly ostentatious.

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