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Definition of VAULT

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Vault \Vault\, v. i. [Cf. OF. volter, F. voltiger, It. voltare to turn. See {Vault}, n., 4.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To leap; to bound; to jump; to spring.
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              Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Leaning on his lance, he vaulted on a tree.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Lucan vaulted upon Pegasus with all the heat and intrepidity of youth.                 --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     2. To exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping; to tumble. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Vault \Vault\ (v[add]lt; see Note, below), n. [OE. voute, OF. voute, volte, F. vo[^u]te, LL. volta, for voluta, volutio, fr. L. volvere, volutum, to roll, to turn about. See {Voluble}, and cf. {Vault} a leap, {Volt} a turn, {Volute}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. (Arch.) An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy. [1913 Webster]

              The long-drawn aisle and fretted vault. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

     2. An arched apartment; especially, a subterranean room, used for storing articles, for a prison, for interment, or the like; a cell; a cellar. "Charnel vaults." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The silent vaults of death.           --Sandys. [1913 Webster]

              To banish rats that haunt our vault.  --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     3. The canopy of heaven; the sky.
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              That heaven's vault should crack.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. [F. volte, It. volta, originally, a turn, and the same word as volta an arch. See the Etymology above.] A leap or bound. Specifically: (a) (Man.) The bound or leap of a horse; a curvet. (b) A leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard, or the like. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The l in this word was formerly often suppressed in pronunciation. [1913 Webster]

     {Barrel vault}, {Cradle vault}, {Cylindrical vault}, or {Wagon vault} (Arch.), a kind of vault having two parallel abutments, and the same section or profile at all points. It may be rampant, as over a staircase (see {Rampant vault}, under {Rampant}), or curved in plan, as around the apse of a church.

     {Coved vault}. (Arch.) See under 1st {Cove}, v. t.

     {Groined vault} (Arch.), a vault having groins, that is, one in which different cylindrical surfaces intersect one another, as distinguished from a barrel, or wagon, vault.


     {Rampant vault}. (Arch.) See under {Rampant}.

     {Ribbed vault} (Arch.), a vault differing from others in having solid ribs which bear the weight of the vaulted surface. True Gothic vaults are of this character.

     {Vault light}, a partly glazed plate inserted in a pavement or ceiling to admit light to a vault below. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Vault \Vault\ (v[add]lt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vaulted}; p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Vaulting}.] [OE. vouten, OF. volter, vouter, F. vo[^u]ter. See {Vault} an arch.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To form with a vault, or to cover with a vault; to give the shape of an arch to; to arch; as, to vault a roof; to vault a passage to a court. [1913 Webster]

              The shady arch that vaulted the broad green alley.
                                                    --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     2. [See {Vault}, v. i.] To leap over; esp., to leap over by aid of the hands or a pole; as, to vault a fence. [1913 Webster]

              I will vault credit, and affect high pleasures.
                                                    --Webster (1623). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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