- Law. having no legal force or effect; not legally binding or enforceable.
- useless; ineffectual; vain.
- devoid; destitute (usually followed by of): a life void of meaning.
- without contents; empty.
- without an incumbent, as an office.
- Mathematics. (of a set) empty.
- (in cards) having no cards in a suit.
- an empty space; emptiness: He disappeared into the void.
- something experienced as a loss or privation: His death left a great void in her life.
- a gap or opening, as in a wall.
- a vacancy; vacuum.
- Typography. counter3(def 10).
- (in cards) lack of cards in a suit: a void in clubs.
- to make ineffectual; invalidate; nullify: to void a check.
- to empty; discharge; evacuate: to void excrement.
- to clear or empty (often followed by of): to void a chamber of occupants.
- Archaic. to depart from; vacate.
- to defecate or urinate.
Origin of void
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Examples from the Web for void
His non-fiction fills, or helps to fill, the void left by Foster Wallace.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.
November 14, 2014
This book seeks to fill that void (although arguably atheist kids should get used to nothingness sooner rather than later).Are You There, Nobody? It’s Me, Margaret
October 12, 2014
But younger Hong Kong residents rushed to fill the void and started a series of protests.Hong Kong Protesters Fear Martial Law Is Coming
Gordon G. Chang
September 29, 2014
“A suspended sentence becomes null and void after a certain period of time,” Rofugaran said.Iran Court Sentences ‘Happy’ Dancers to 6 months and 91 Lashes
September 17, 2014
In a sense, we occupy a weird place in the Universe: relatively close to both a void and several huge galaxy clusters.Laniakea: The Milky Way’s Place in the Heavens
Matthew R. Francis
September 7, 2014
But just ere the silent became unendurable, a thought appeared in the void.Weighed and Wanting
Inspector Burke himself filled the void in the halting sentence.Within the Law
The Trainer's admonition seemed like a cry to a cyclone, as void of usefulness.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
As this marriage was null and void, there was no Marchioness of Morella.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
And not a muscle of his face stirred; he simply gazed into the void.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- without contents; empty
- not legally bindingnull and void
- (of an office, house, position, etc) without an incumbent; unoccupied
- (postpositive foll by of) destitute or devoidvoid of resources
- having no effect; uselessall his efforts were rendered void
- (of a card suit or player) having no cards in a particular suithis spades were void
- an empty space or areathe huge desert voids of Asia
- a feeling or condition of loneliness or deprivationhis divorce left him in a void
- a lack of any cards in one suitto have a void in spades
- Also called: counter the inside area of a character of type, such as the inside of an o
- to make ineffective or invalid
- to empty (contents, etc) or make empty of contents
- (also intr) to discharge the contents of (the bowels or urinary bladder)
- archaic to vacate (a place, room, etc)
- obsolete to expel
Word Origin and History for void
late 13c., "unoccupied, vacant," from Anglo-French and Old French voide "empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste," from Latin vocivus "unoccupied, vacant," related to vacuus "empty" (see vacuum). Meaning "lacking or wanting" (something) is recorded from early 15c. Meaning "legally invalid" is attested from mid-15c.
"empty space, vacuum," 1727; see void (adj.).
"to clear" (some place, of something), c.1300, from void (adj.); meaning "to deprive (something) of legal validity" is attested from early 14c. Related: Voided; voiding.
- To excrete body wastes.
- Containing no matter; empty.
Idioms and Phrases with void
see null and void.