- the state of being vacant; emptiness.
- a vacant, empty, or unoccupied place, as untenanted lodgings or offices: This building still has no vacancies.
- a gap; opening; breach.
- an unoccupied position or office: a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
- lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity: a look of utter vacancy.
- Crystallography. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position.Compare interstitial(def 3).
- Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.
Origin of vacancy
Examples from the Web for vacancy
Not that a vacancy or appointments elsewhere in Washington may matter.Kerry's Impromptu Meeting With Abbas
March 5, 2013
And if you want to see it get even worse, just wait until the president selects someone to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy.Washington’s Endless Civil War
January 11, 2013
But since the vacancy at the spy agency opened up, there are indications he may have had a change of heart.Who Is John Brennan, the Man Touted to Be the Next CIA Director?
November 22, 2012
Emanuel refused its call that a principal hire a laid-off teacher when three of them applied for a vacancy.Mayor Rahm Emanuel Reaches Flawed Deal to End Chicago Teachers Strike
September 19, 2012
That ratio represents an improvement from the nadir of the recession, when there were 5.5 job seekers for every vacancy.A Jobs Report With Not Enough Jobs
March 10, 2012
And—perhaps you'd better not say you are applying until we find out if there is a vacancy.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
We now up helm, and steered for a vacancy among the British vessels.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
It hasn't got no employment for its mind, and is always in a state of vacancy.
Another of the many shapes in which it started up about him, out of vacancy.
Then, as for knowing there was a vacancy, that also was money.A Woman Intervenes
- the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness
- an unoccupied post or officewe have a vacancy in the accounts department
- an unoccupied room in a boarding house, hotel, etcput the "No Vacancies" sign in the window
- lack of thought or intelligent awareness; inanityan expression of vacancy on one's face
- physics a defect in a crystalline solid caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule from its position in the crystal lattice
- obsolete idleness or a period spent in idleness
Word Origin and History for vacancy
c.1600, "state of being vacant," from Late Latin vacantia, from vacans (see vacant). Meaning "available room at a hotel" is recorded from 1953. Related: Vacancies.