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  1. producing vapor; tending to form vapor.
  2. of, relating to, or of the nature of vapor; vaporous.
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Origin of vaporific

First recorded in 1775–85; vapor + -i- + -fic
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Examples from the Web for vaporific

Historical Examples

  • The statement of Dr. Thomson refers to the completion, or last stage, of the discovery, namely the vaporific combination of heat.

    History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3

    Henry Thomas Buckle

British Dictionary definitions for vaporific


  1. producing, causing, or tending to produce vapour
  2. of, concerned with, or having the nature of vapour
  3. tending to become vapour; volatile
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Also: vaporous

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin vaporificus, from Latin vapor steam + facere to make
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