- The definition of a vault is a secured room or area where valuables are kept.
An example of a vault is a bank vault where all the money is stored.
- To vault is to leap over something or to leap while you use your hands or a pole to provide you with support and help you leap higher.
An example of vault is when you jump over a gate.
A man vaults over a gate.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- an arched roof, ceiling, or covering of masonry
- an arched chamber or space, esp. when underground
- a cellar room used for storage, as of wine
- a burial chamber
- a concrete or metal enclosure in the ground, into which the casket is lowered at burial
- ☆ a secure room, often with individual safe-deposit boxes, for the safekeeping of valuables or money, as in a bank
- an underground cave with a naturally arched roof
- the sky as a vaultlike canopy
- Anat. any arched cavity or structure: the cranial vault
Origin: Middle English voute from Old French from Vulgar Latin an unverified form volvita, an arch, vault from an unverified form volvitus, past participle of an unverified form volvitare, intensive of Classical Latin volvere, to turn around, roll: see walk
- to make a vault over; cover with a vault
- to build in the form of a vault
Origin: MFr volter from OIt voltare from Vulgar Latin an unverified form volvitare: see vault
- an act of vaulting
- a leap or bound made by a horse
- Gym. an event in which a gymnast vaults over a horse () with the help of a springboard
Origin: vaultsense < the v.; vaultsense < Fr volte, a turn, bound, leap < It volta < LL *volta: see vault
- vaulter noun
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- a. An arched structure, usually of masonry or concrete, serving to cover a space.b. An arched overhead covering, such as the sky, that resembles the architectural structure in form.
- A room or space, such as a cellar or storeroom, with arched walls and ceiling, especially when underground.
- A room or compartment, often built of steel, for the safekeeping of valuables: a bank vault.
- A burial chamber, especially when underground.
- Anatomy An arched part of the body, especially the top part of the skull.
- To construct or supply with an arched ceiling; cover with a vault.
- To build or make in the shape of a vault; arch.
Origin: Middle English vaute, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *volvita, volta, from feminine of *volvitus, arched, alteration of Latin volūtus, past participle of volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
top to bottom: barrel, groin, and rib vaults
verb vault·ed, vault·ing, vaults verb, transitive
- To jump or leap, especially with the use of the hands or a pole.
- To accomplish something as if by leaping suddenly or vigorously: vaulted into a position of wealth.
Origin: Obsolete French volter, from Old French, from Old Italian voltare, from Vulgar Latin *volvitāre, frequentative of Latin volvere, to turn, roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- vaultˈer noun