[ void ]
/ vɔɪd /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to defecate or urinate.
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Origin of void
First recorded in 1250–1300; (adjective) Middle English voide, from Anglo-French, Old French voide, voit, vuide, vuit (French vide ), from unattested Vulgar Latin vocīta, vocita feminine of vocītus, vocitus unattested and dissimilated variant of Latin vacīvus, vocīvus, “empty”; see vacuum; (verb) Middle English voiden, from Anglo-French voider, Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin vocitāre, derivative of unattested vocītus, vocitus; (noun) derivative of the adjective
synonym study for void
3, 4. See empty.
OTHER WORDS FROM void
voidness, nounnon·void, adjective, nounpre·void, verb (used with object)un·void, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for void
/ (vɔɪd) /
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
verb (mainly tr)
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
Derived forms of voidvoider, nounvoidness, noun
Word Origin for void
C13: from Old French vuide, from Vulgar Latin vocītus (unattested), from Latin vacuus empty, from vacāre to be empty
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Medical definitions for void
[ void ]
To excrete body wastes.
Containing no matter; empty.
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Idioms and Phrases with void
see null and void.
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