Origin of vaulting1
- leaping up or over.
- used in vaulting: a vaulting pole.
- excessive in ambition or presumption; overweening; high-flown: vaulting ambition; vaulting pride.
Origin of vaulting2
- an arched structure, usually made of stones, concrete, or bricks, forming a ceiling or roof over a hall, room, sewer, or other wholly or partially enclosed construction.
- an arched structure resembling a vault.
- a space, chamber, or passage enclosed by a vault or vaultlike structure, especially one located underground.
- an underground chamber, as a cellar or a division of a cellar.
- a room or compartment, often built of or lined with steel, reserved for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, especially such a place in a bank.
- a strong metal cabinet, usually fireproof and burglarproof, for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, important papers, etc.
- a burial chamber.
- Anatomy. an arched roof of a cavity.
- something likened to an arched roof: the vault of heaven.
- to construct or cover with a vault.
- to make in the form of a vault; arch.
- to extend or stretch over in the manner of an arch; overarch: An arbor vaulted the path.
- to store in a vault: The paintings will be vaulted when the museum is closed.
- to curve or bend in the form of a vault.
Origin of vault1
- to leap or spring, as to or from a position or over something: He vaulted over the tennis net.
- to leap with the hands supported by something, as by a horizontal pole.
- Gymnastics. to leap over a vaulting horse or pommel horse, using the hands for pushing off.
- to arrive at or achieve something as if by a spring or leap: to vault into prominence.
- to leap over: to vault a fence.
- to cause to leap over or surpass others: Advertising has vaulted the new perfume into first place.
Origin of vault2
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Examples from the Web for vaulting
The film is going to be a huge critical and commercial hit, vaulting Stoller into the upper echelon of Hollywood comedy directors.
The walls rose on all sides to the point where the vaulting would have begun.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It presents no indications of pendentives or of a start in vaulting.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
Jumping and vaulting and climbing ropes and drilling in squads—what?The Great Hunger
It seems probable also that the vaulting may not be what was contemplated in the original plan.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
Vaulting their bodies, I gained the circular staircase that ascended to the tower.
- one or more vaults in a building or such structures considered collectively
- excessively confident; overreaching; exaggeratedvaulting arrogance
- used to vaulta vaulting pole
- an arched structure that forms a roof or ceiling
- a room, esp a cellar, having an arched roof down to floor level
- a burial chamber, esp when underground
- a strongroom for the safe-deposit and storage of valuables
- an underground room or part of such a room, used for the storage of wine, food, etc
- anatomy any arched or domed bodily cavity or spacethe cranial vault
- something suggestive of an arched structure, as the sky
- (tr) to furnish with or as if with an arched roof
- (tr) to construct in the shape of a vault
- (intr) to curve, arch, or bend in the shape of a vault
- to spring over (an object), esp with the aid of a long pole or with the hands resting on the object
- (intr) to do, achieve, or attain something as if by a leaphe vaulted to fame on the strength of his discovery
- dressage to perform or cause to perform a curvet
- the act of vaulting
- dressage a low leap; curvet
Word Origin and History for vaulting
"arched roof or ceiling," c.1300, vaute, from Old French voute "arch, vaulted roof," from Vulgar Latin *volta, contraction of *volvita, noun use of fem. of *volvitus, alteration of Latin volutus "bowed, arched," past participle of volvere "to turn, turn around, roll" (see volvox). The -l- appeared in English c.1400.
"jump or leap over," 1530s (implied in vaulting), from Middle French volter "to gambol, leap," from Italian voltare "to turn," from Vulgar Latin *volvitare "to turn, leap," frequentative of Latin volvere "to turn, turn around, roll" (see volvox). Related: Vaulted; vaulting.
"a leap," 1763, from vault (v.).