Nearby words

  1. voiceful,
  2. voiceless,
  3. voicelessly,
  4. voicemail,
  5. voiceprint,
  6. voidable,
  7. voidance,
  8. voided,
  9. voider,
  10. voiding cystogram

Origin of void

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English voide < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *vocīta, feminine of *vocītus, dissimilated variant of Latin vocīvus, itself variant of vac(ī)vus empty; see vacuum; (v.) Middle English voiden < Anglo-French voider, Old French < Vulgar Latin *vocītāre, derivative of *vocītus; (noun) derivative of the adj.

3, 4. See empty. 5. vacant, unoccupied. 8. vacuum.

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Examples from the Web for voidness

  • The nadir of night was passed, but there was cold and voidness, an abyss.

    Foes|Mary Johnston
  • And if any one should thus question him; What sayst thou, Epicurus, that this is voidness, and that the nature of voidness?

British Dictionary definitions for voidness


/ (vɔɪd) /



verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsvoider, nounvoidness, noun

Word Origin for void

C13: from Old French vuide, from Vulgar Latin vocītus (unattested), from Latin vacuus empty, from vacāre to be empty

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Word Origin and History for voidness
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Medicine definitions for voidness


[ void ]


To excrete body wastes.


Containing no matter; empty.

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Idioms and Phrases with voidness


see null and void.

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