vault

1
[ vawlt ]
/ vɔlt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to curve or bend in the form of a vault.

Nearby words

  1. vaughan williams,
  2. vaughan williams, ralph,
  3. vaughan, henry,
  4. vaughan, sarah,
  5. vaughn,
  6. vault light,
  7. vaulted,
  8. vaulting,
  9. vaulting horse,
  10. vaulty

Origin of vault

1
1300–50; (noun) alteration of Middle English voute < Old French vou(l)te, volte < Vulgar Latin *volvita, for Latin volūta, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin volvere to turn (see revolve); (v.) alteration of Middle English vouten < Old French vou(l)ter, volter, derivative of vou(l)te, volte

Related formsvault·like, adjective

vault

2
[ vawlt ]
/ vɔlt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to leap over: to vault a fence.
to cause to leap over or surpass others: Advertising has vaulted the new perfume into first place.

noun

Origin of vault

2
1530–40; < French volte a turn and volter to turn, respectively < Italian volta (noun) and voltare (v.); see volt2

Related formsvault·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for vault

vault

1
/ (vɔːlt) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsvaultlike, adjective

Word Origin for vault

C14: vaute, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin volvita (unattested) a turn, probably from Latin volvere to roll

verb

to spring over (an object), esp with the aid of a long pole or with the hands resting on the object
(intr) to do, achieve, or attain something as if by a leaphe vaulted to fame on the strength of his discovery
dressage to perform or cause to perform a curvet

noun

the act of vaulting
dressage a low leap; curvet
Derived Formsvaulter, noun

Word Origin for vault

C16: from Old French voulter to turn, from Italian voltare to turn, from Vulgar Latin volvitāre (unattested) to turn, leap; see vault 1

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Word Origin and History for vault
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