Origin of vaulted
- an arched structure, usually made of stones, concrete, or bricks, forming a ceiling or roof over a hall, room, sewer, or other wholly or partially enclosed construction.
- an arched structure resembling a vault.
- a space, chamber, or passage enclosed by a vault or vaultlike structure, especially one located underground.
- an underground chamber, as a cellar or a division of a cellar.
- a room or compartment, often built of or lined with steel, reserved for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, especially such a place in a bank.
- a strong metal cabinet, usually fireproof and burglarproof, for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, important papers, etc.
- a burial chamber.
- Anatomy. an arched roof of a cavity.
- something likened to an arched roof: the vault of heaven.
- to construct or cover with a vault.
- to make in the form of a vault; arch.
- to extend or stretch over in the manner of an arch; overarch: An arbor vaulted the path.
- to store in a vault: The paintings will be vaulted when the museum is closed.
- to curve or bend in the form of a vault.
Origin of vault1
- to leap or spring, as to or from a position or over something: He vaulted over the tennis net.
- to leap with the hands supported by something, as by a horizontal pole.
- Gymnastics. to leap over a vaulting horse or pommel horse, using the hands for pushing off.
- to arrive at or achieve something as if by a spring or leap: to vault into prominence.
- to leap over: to vault a fence.
- to cause to leap over or surpass others: Advertising has vaulted the new perfume into first place.
Origin of vault2
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Examples from the Web for vaulted
Entering the theater brings visitors to an ornate lobby with vaulted ceilings, golden walls, and an enormous chandelier.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
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The dugout was covered with semi-circular sheets of corrugated iron, forming a vaulted roof.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
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But how many of us, thus sunk in despair, have not been vaulted back to equilibrium by another look at Groundhog Day?Harold Ramis’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Is About as Perfect as a Movie Gets
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He was a Rorschach test, vaulted into the presidency by positive perceptions and unrealistic expectations.Sorry, Michele Bachmann. We Are Ready for a Female President. And It’s Partially Because of You.
February 21, 2014
The people faded away, the arches, the vaulted roof vanished.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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February 20, 2014
We go into the court-yard through a vaulted archway on the eastern side.Yorkshire Painted And Described
"Amalia," shouted Olivo, so loudly that the vaulted ceiling rang.Casanova's Homecoming
Then, with an agility quite remarkable, he vaulted into the saddle.The Law-Breakers
Presently Duncan came crashing through the wood and vaulted the wall.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
A ripping crash like the crackle of lightning in the vaulted room!Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
- an arched structure that forms a roof or ceiling
- a room, esp a cellar, having an arched roof down to floor level
- a burial chamber, esp when underground
- a strongroom for the safe-deposit and storage of valuables
- an underground room or part of such a room, used for the storage of wine, food, etc
- anatomy any arched or domed bodily cavity or spacethe cranial vault
- something suggestive of an arched structure, as the sky
- (tr) to furnish with or as if with an arched roof
- (tr) to construct in the shape of a vault
- (intr) to curve, arch, or bend in the shape of a vault
- 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
- the act of vaulting
- dressage a low leap; curvet
Word Origin and History for vaulted
"arched roof or ceiling," c.1300, vaute, from Old French voute "arch, vaulted roof," from Vulgar Latin *volta, contraction of *volvita, noun use of fem. of *volvitus, alteration of Latin volutus "bowed, arched," past participle of volvere "to turn, turn around, roll" (see volvox). The -l- appeared in English c.1400.
"jump or leap over," 1530s (implied in vaulting), from Middle French volter "to gambol, leap," from Italian voltare "to turn," from Vulgar Latin *volvitare "to turn, leap," frequentative of Latin volvere "to turn, turn around, roll" (see volvox). Related: Vaulted; vaulting.
"a leap," 1763, from vault (v.).