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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does vaulted mean?
Where does vaulted come from?
The term vault, as in arched ceiling, dates back to the 14th century, taken from the Old French variation of the Latin volutus. This same sense gives us terms like vaulted chambers, which were often underground and used to store provisions and valuable items.
These underground vaults might’ve helped to give us the sense of vault as “a strongroom for the safe-deposit or storage of valuables.” Or, as fans of ‘90s sitcom Seinfeld might recall, a vault is also an intangible place where people keep their secrets—such as when Seinfeld vaults a juicy bit of gossip from his neighbor, Kramer (Michael Richards).
Vault was recorded as early as the 16th century, to mean “a jump” or “to leap,” a sense still in use today. So the next time you’re watching a pole-vault champion, think about how they’ve vaulted to the top of their field.
In contemporary internet slang, you’ll likely encounter vaulted in the context of the massively popular online, multi-player video game Fortnite. A weapon or item in this game is said to be vaulted when it is taken out of rotation. It’s as if they have been locked away in the vault where only people with high-level clearance can access them (i.e., the game designers).
Vaulted weapons are still available, however, in the game’s Playground Mode, which is kind of like a private sandbox for a group of players. Fortnite was initially released in 2017, but the slang vaulted in this sense appears to spread in early summer 2018.
How is vaulted used in real life?
Vaulted sees wide and varied use, as we’d expect for such a diverse term. Architects, interior designers, and realtors may speak of vaulted ceilings or structures. Historians may speak of vaulted structures in ancient buildings, such in crypts or cathedrals.
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If you’re looking for a vivid way to describe a big leap, try vault. You’ll often encounter it in the construction vaulted to the top of, usually in reference to someone quickly excelling in their field.
According to reports Landon Collins is done in New York. If made available, Collins should be vaulted to the top of the 49ers free agent watch list. pic.twitter.com/XdqFNaESYI
— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) February 20, 2019
In the game Fortnight, items such as special snipers or shotguns can get vaulted–taken out of general circulation–for various reasons: to level out dynamics in gameplay, to add some variety, or because the weapon was only available for a limited time.
I WOKE UP TO THE BOLT SNIPER BEING VAULTED!? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS
— Avery (@Avxry) January 29, 2019
More examples of vaulted:
“Sen. Kamala Harris vaulted into serious contention for the Democratic presidential nomination with a campaign kickoff that couldn’t have gone much better.”
—George Skelton, The Mercury News, January 2019
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Example sentences from the Web for vaulted
If stadiums were cathedrals of baseball, they’d used their deal with the City to build the Vatican, a vaulted palace in the Bronx that charged $2,625 for a seat behind home plate.How Does New York City Keep Reinventing Itself? (Bonus)|Kurt Andersen|March 21, 2021|Freakonomics
Li would creep into the gloom and fire blindly at the vaulted ceiling, picking up any quarry that fell to the ground, while his companions held nets over the mouth of the cave to snare fleeing bats.Inside the Global Quest to Trace the Origins of COVID-19—and Predict Where It Will Go Next|Alice Park|July 23, 2020|Time
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|Rich Goldstein|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Malcolm Jones|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.|Eleanor Clift|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The light which discovered its dismal bounds to his solitary eyes, came from a small grated aperture in the vaulted roof.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Black Hood vaulted into the roadster without bothering to open the door.
Some arcading; a vaulted passage; fragments of Early English mouldings: these are all.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
Scott's tomb, that of his wife and their eldest son are in one of the chapels whose vaulted roof still remains in position.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Further to the east, as we shall find in due course, may be seen the low vaulted retro-choir or ambulatory of one bay.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey|Thomas Perkins