Definitions for vacancyˈveɪ kən si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

va•can•cyˈveɪ kən si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. the state of being vacant; emptiness.

  2. a vacant or unoccupied place, esp. one for rent.

  3. an unoccupied position or office.

  4. a gap; opening; breach.

  5. lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity.

  6. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position.

    Ref: Compare interstitial (def. 3). 3

  7. Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.

Origin of vacancy:

1570–80; < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vacancy(noun)

    being unoccupied

  2. void, vacancy, emptiness, vacuum(noun)

    an empty area or space

    "the huge desert voids"; "the emptiness of outer space"; "without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vacancy(noun)ˈveɪ kən si

    an available room in a hotel

    There are still vacancies.

  2. vacancyˈveɪ kən si

    a job that is available

    We're trying to fill a vacancy in Finance.


  1. vacancy(Noun)

    An unoccupied position or job.

  2. vacancy(Noun)

    An available room in a hotel; guest house, etc.

  3. vacancy(Noun)

    Empty space.

  4. vacancy(Noun)

    Lack of intelligence or understanding.

  5. vacancy(Noun)

    A defect in a crystal caused by the absence of an atom in a lattice

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vacancy(noun)

    the quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness

  2. Vacancy(noun)

    that which is vacant

  3. Vacancy(noun)

    empty space; vacuity; vacuum

  4. Vacancy(noun)

    an open or unoccupied space between bodies or things; an interruption of continuity; chasm; gap; as, a vacancy between buildings; a vacancy between sentences or thoughts

  5. Vacancy(noun)

    unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of intermission; vacation

  6. Vacancy(noun)

    a place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office; as, a vacancy in the senate, in a school, etc


  1. Vacancy defect

    In crystallography, a vacancy is a type of point defect in a crystal. Crystals inherently possess imperfections, sometimes referred to as crystalline defects. A defect in which an atom, such as silicon, is missing from one of the lattice sites is known as a 'vacancy' defect. It is also known as a Schottky defect, although in ionic crystals the concepts are not identical. Vacancies occur naturally in all crystalline materials. At any given temperature, up to the melting point of the material, there is an equilibrium concentration. At the melting point of some metals the ratio can be approximately 1:1000. It is the simplest point defect. In this system, an atom is missing from its regular atomic site. Vacancies are formed during solidification due to vibration of atoms, local rearrangement of atoms, plastic deformation and ionic bombardments. The creation of a vacancy can be simply modeled by considering the energy required to break the bonds between an atom inside the crystal and its nearest neighbor atoms.

Translations for vacancy

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an unoccupied post

We have a vacancy for a typist.

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