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 vacuumingclear, clean, bathe, scrub, soak, dredge, mop, flush, scrape, sweep, wash, disinfect, brush, vacuum, dust, cleanse, wipe, rinse, pick, broom
Examples from the Web for vacuuming
Contemporary Examples of vacuuming
If the issue is indoor allergies caused by dust mites, mold or pet dander, cleaning and vacuuming might help.10 Reasons You’re Exhausted and What to Do About It
April 25, 2014
But Russia also has other more technical means of vacuuming up electronic communications.Putin's Latest Dirty Trick: Leaking Private Phone Calls
March 26, 2014
Instead, her au naturel dusting and vacuuming maintained her svelte figure.Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
“She was vacuuming in the conference room and saw feet and looked up and saw a tall man with a hat,” says Carrillo.True Life: I’m a Part-Time Ghost Hunter
September 15, 2013
The National Security Agency is not invading your privacy by vacuuming up your phone and Internet data.You Thought You Had Privacy Before the NSA Leak? What About Facebook?
June 13, 2013
Historical Examples of vacuuming
The needle extended a snout which crept along the nerve, vacuuming in microbes as it moved.Bolden's Pets
F. L. Wallace
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.