- 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.
vault definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle French 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
vault definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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