Vault Definition

vôlt
vaulted, vaults
noun
vaults
An arched roof, ceiling, or covering of masonry.
Webster's New World
An arched chamber or space, esp. when underground.
Webster's New World
A cellar room used for storage, as of wine.
Webster's New World
A burial chamber.
Webster's New World
Any arched cavity or structure.
The cranial vault.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
bank vaultburial vaulthurdleundercrofttombossuariumgroinfornixcryptconcamerationcatacombtime vaultburglar-proof safesafetime capsule
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verb
vaulted, vaults
To make a vault over; cover with a vault.
Webster's New World
To curve like a vault.
Webster's New World
To jump, leap, or spring, as over a barrier or from one position to another, esp. with the help of the hands supported on the barrier, etc., or with the aid of a long pole.
Webster's New World
To build in the form of a vault.
Webster's New World
To jump or leap, especially with the use of the hands or a pole.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Vault

Noun

Singular:
vault
Plural:
vaults

Origin of Vault

  • 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 wel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French volte (modern voûte), from Vulgar Latin *volta < *volvita or *volÅ­ta, a regularization of volÅ«ta (compare modern volute (“spire")), the past participle of volvere (“roll, turn").

    From Wiktionary

  • Obsolete French volter from Old French from Old Italian voltare from Vulgar Latin volvitāre frequentative of Latin volvere to turn, roll wel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French volter (“to turn or spin around; to frolic"), borrowed from Italian voltare, itself from a Vulgar Latin frequentative form of Latin volvere; later assimilated to Etymology 1, above.

    From Wiktionary

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