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vault

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[ vawlt ]
/ vɔlt /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to curve or bend in the form of a vault.
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Origin of vault

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English noun vaut(e), vout(e), volt(e), volute, from Old French volte, vote, from unrecorded Vulgar Latin volvita, for Latin volūta, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin volvere “to turn”; verb derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM vault

vaultlike, adjective

Other definitions for vault (2 of 2)

vault2
[ 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

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First recorded in 1530–40; verb from Middle French volter “to leap,” from Old Italian voltare, from unrecorded Vulgar Latin volvitāre “to turn, leap”; the noun is derivative of the verb

synonym study for vault

1. See jump.

OTHER WORDS FROM vault

vaulter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vault (1 of 2)

vault1
/ (vɔːlt) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of vault

vaultlike, adjective

Word Origin for vault

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

British Dictionary definitions for vault (2 of 2)

vault2
/ (vɔːlt) /

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 forms of vault

vaulter, 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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