- having the form or characteristics of vapor: a vaporous cloud.
- full of or abounding in vapor; foggy; misty: a vaporous twilight.
- producing or giving off vapor: a vaporous bog.
- dimmed or obscured with vapor: a low valley surrounded by vaporous mountains.
- unsubstantial; diaphanous; airy: vaporous fabrics; vaporous breezes.
- vaguely formed, fanciful, or unreliable: vaporous promises.
Origin of vaporous
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Examples from the Web for vaporous
It is an element which has no right to this country, except in a solid or vaporous state.The Field of Ice
The air is close and vaporous; the domed chamber is damp and musty.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
Under this vaporous pall, the fighting was sharp and desperate.The Naval History of the United States
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She was standing in the corridor, looking out at the vaporous English landscape.The Letter of the Contract
How quiet it looked, and, under that vaporous veil, how profound and inscrutable!The Crusade of the Excelsior
- resembling or full of vapour
- another word for vaporific
- lacking permanence or substance; ephemeral or fanciful
- given to foolish imaginings
- dulled or obscured by an atmosphere of vapour
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Word Origin and History for vaporous
late 14c., from Latin vaporus, from vapor (see vapor).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper