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vaporous

[vey-per-uh s] /ˈveɪ pər əs/
adjective
1.
having the form or characteristics of vapor:
a vaporous cloud.
2.
full of or abounding in vapor; foggy; misty:
a vaporous twilight.
3.
producing or giving off vapor:
a vaporous bog.
4.
dimmed or obscured with vapor:
a low valley surrounded by vaporous mountains.
5.
unsubstantial; diaphanous; airy:
vaporous fabrics; vaporous breezes.
6.
vaguely formed, fanciful, or unreliable:
vaporous promises.
Origin of vaporous
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; vapor + -ous
Related forms
vaporously, adverb
vaporousness, vaporosity
[vey-puh-ros-i-tee] /ˌveɪ pəˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonvaporosity, noun
nonvaporous, adjective
nonvaporously, adverb
nonvaporousness, noun
unvaporosity, noun
unvaporous, adjective
unvaporously, adverb
unvaporousness, noun
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Examples from the Web for vaporous
Historical Examples
  • It is an element which has no right to this country, except in a solid or vaporous state.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • The air is close and vaporous; the domed chamber is damp and musty.

  • Under this vaporous pall, the fighting was sharp and desperate.

  • She was standing in the corridor, looking out at the vaporous English landscape.

  • How quiet it looked, and, under that vaporous veil, how profound and inscrutable!

  • Oil paintings are only permissible when dreamy and vaporous in tint.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • The whole world seemed to be lifted and swimming in vaporous brightness.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • She seemed also to be vaporous—all but her face and her radiant golden hair.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • My fear fell from me as if it had been a vaporous garment which dissolved in the warmth.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • How freely they coursed through him, how fluid they were, how vaporous, how easy to breathe!

    Swann's Way Marcel Proust
British Dictionary definitions for vaporous

vaporous

/ˈveɪpərəs/
adjective
1.
resembling or full of vapour
2.
another word for vaporific
3.
lacking permanence or substance; ephemeral or fanciful
4.
given to foolish imaginings
5.
dulled or obscured by an atmosphere of vapour
Derived Forms
vaporously, adverb
vaporousness, vaporosity (ˌveɪpəˈrɒsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for vaporous
adj.

late 14c., from Latin vaporus, from vapor (see vapor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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