noun, plural vac·u·ums for 1, 2, 4–6, vac·u·a [vak-yoo-uh] /ˈvæk yu ə/ for 1, 2, 4, 6.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of vacuum
Examples from the Web for vacuum
Contemporary Examples of vacuum
In a vacuum (translation: but for Obama), this could be a killer year for Democrats.Biggest Midterm Issue? The Obamaphant in the Living Room
September 7, 2014
There are also drones which vacuum the wireless spectrum, picking up tweets, emails, and Skype chats.Hamas Has Already Won Its Rocket War With Israel
July 16, 2014
We found that even in cases where individuals acted alone, in an operational sense, they were not radicalized in a vacuum.The Syrian War Comes Home to Europe
June 2, 2014
Rather, he is pointing out what should be obvious but is too often ignored: The court does not operate in a vacuum.The True Meaning of the Second Amendment
May 31, 2014
But as Feldman argues, “Nobody raises their child in a vacuum.”One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
Historical Examples of vacuum
As for Philip, all seemed a mere negation; there was a vacuum where his place had been.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
There were only a Ruhmkorff coil and Crookes (vacuum) tube and the man himself.
His first search was for a durable filament which would burn in a vacuum.The Age of Invention
Plato affirms, almost in so many words, that nature abhors a vacuum.Timaeus
Yes, it must be that this land is a vacuum, such as I read of when I was a girl in school.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
noun plural vacuums or vacua (ˈvækjʊə)
Word Origin for vacuum
1540s, "emptiness of space," from Latin vacuum "an empty space, void," noun use of neuter of vacuus "empty," related to vacare "be empty" (see vain). Properly a loan-translation of Greek kenon, literally "that which is empty." Meaning "a place emptied of air" is attested from 1650s. Vacuum tube is attested from 1859. Vacuum cleaner is from 1903; shortened form vacuum (n.) first recorded 1910.
"to clean with a vacuum cleaner," 1922; see vacuum (n.). Related: Vacuumed; vacuuming.
n. pl. vac•u•ums
Plural vacuums vacuua
The absence of matter.