noun, verb (used with or without object) Chiefly British.
- 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
Examples from the Web for vapour
Historical Examples of vapour
The cloud, you mean--a dim, ill-defined, dark body of vapour?Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
The vapour arising from the wet cloth will raise the pile of the velvet, with the assistance of a whisk gently passed over it.
It is like a wavering ghost moving in the vapour on the face of the deep.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
But no answers were heard; the vapour did not conduct sound.The English at the North Pole
In parts indeed he could not tell which was hair and which was black storm and vapour.At the Back of the North Wind
Word Origin for vapour
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.