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)
- vacuum activity,
- vacuum aspiration,
- vacuum bottle,
- vacuum brake,
- vacuum casting
Origin of vacuum
Examples from the Web for vacuumed
The shirts are ironed, the sheets are changed, the floors are 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|Ray Bradbury
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.