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
Related Words for vacuumedclear, clean, bathe, scrub, soak, dredge, mop, flush, scrape, sweep, wash, disinfect, brush, vacuum, dust, cleanse, wipe, rinse, pick, broom
Examples from the Web for vacuumed
Contemporary Examples of vacuumed
The shirts are ironed, the sheets are changed, the floors are vacuumed.The Bag Lady Papers
December 17, 2008
Historical Examples of vacuumed
Once a day they sent down a tube after he ate and vacuumed up the cell, disposing of any wastes.Futuria Fantasia, Fall 1939
noun plural vacuums or vacua (ˈvækjʊə)
Word Origin for vacuum
"to clean with a vacuum cleaner," 1922; see vacuum (n.). Related: Vacuumed; vacuuming.
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.
n. pl. vac•u•ums
Plural vacuums vacuua
The absence of matter.