- a strange, senseless, or fantastic notion.
- something insubstantial or transitory.
- mental depression or hypochondria.
- injurious exhalations formerly supposed to be produced within the body, especially in the stomach.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of vapor
Related Words for vaporcondensation, smoke, gas, fog, moisture, smog, steam, effluvium, dew, breath, haze, exhalation, miasma, reek, dampness
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Contemporary Examples of vapor
As a result, the vapor measurements Mahar obtained are likely the best-case scenario.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
Back then there were no vapor cigarettes for you simulate smoking.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
If you plan to take in vapor in such amounts, you have to get juice with a low nicotine content to avoid poisoning yourself.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
We feel the pull between life as painful reality—and forgotten wisps of vapor.10 Best Plays of the Year: Richard III, No Man’s Land, and More
December 27, 2013
On the balcony of the chamber, I came across Ilona Orshansky, the owner of Williamsburg's Vapor Lounge New York.New York’s Nanny-State E-Cig Ban
December 20, 2013
Historical Examples of vapor
An embarrassed silence fell like a vapor over the assemblage.Tiverton Tales
The air of Berlin was cool and the excess of vapor had been frozen out of it.City of Endless Night
The vapor from our nostrils froze in masses of ice upon our beards.The Long Labrador Trail
A simple experiment will show that no bacteria will exist in that vapor.
Mrs. Alexander smiled at him across the vapor from the kettle.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
late 14c., from Anglo-French vapour, from Latin vaporem (nominative vapor) "exhalation, steam, heat," of unknown origin. Vapors "fit of fainting, hysteria, etc." is 1660s, from medieval notion of "exhalations" from the stomach or other organs affecting the brain.