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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an arched structure, usu. of stones, concrete, or bricks, forming a ceiling or roof.

    Category: Architecture

  2. a space, chamber, or passage enclosed by a vault or vaultlike structure, esp. one located underground.

    Category: Architecture

  3. a room or compartment for the safekeeping of valuables.

    Category: Architecture, Common Vocabulary

  4. a burial chamber.

    Category: Architecture

  5. something likened to an arched roof:

    the vault of heaven.

  6. (v.t.)to construct or cover with or as if with a vault.

  7. to store in a vault.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (v.i.)to curve in the form of a vault.

Origin of vault:

1300–50; voute < OF vou(l)te, volte蠐 L volūta, of L volvere to turn (see revolve )


  1. to leap, as to or from a position or over something:

    to vault over the net.

  2. to leap with the hands supported by something, as by a horizontal pole.

  3. to leap over a horse in gymnastics, using the hands for pushing off.

    Category: Sport

  4. to achieve something as if by a leap:

    to vault into prominence.

  5. (v.t.)to leap over:

    to vault a fence.

  6. to cause to leap over or surpass others.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. (n.)the act of vaulting.

  8. a leap of a horse.

Origin of vault:

1530–40; < F volte a turn


Princeton's WordNet

  1. vault, burial vault(noun)

    a burial chamber (usually underground)

  2. vault, bank vault(noun)

    a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables

  3. vault(noun)

    an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof

  4. vault, hurdle(verb)

    the act of jumping over an obstacle

  5. vault, overleap(verb)

    jump across or leap over (an obstacle)

  6. vault(verb)

    bound vigorously

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vault(noun)

    an arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy

  2. Vault(noun)

    an arched apartment; especially, a subterranean room, use for storing articles, for a prison, for interment, or the like; a cell; a cellar

  3. Vault(noun)

    the canopy of heaven; the sky

  4. Vault(noun)

    a leap or bound

  5. Vault(noun)

    the bound or leap of a horse; a curvet

  6. Vault(noun)

    a leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard, or the like

  7. Vault(verb)

    to form with a vault, or to cover with a vault; to give the shape of an arch to; to arch; as, vault a roof; to vault a passage to a court

  8. Vault(verb)

    to leap over; esp., to leap over by aid of the hands or a pole; as, to vault a fence

  9. Vault(noun)

    to leap; to bound; to jump; to spring

  10. Vault(noun)

    to exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping; to tumble


  1. Vault

    A Vault is an architectural term for an arched form used to provide a space with a ceiling or roof. The parts of a vault exert lateral thrust that require a counter resistance. When vaults are built underground, the ground gives all the resistance required. However, when the vault is built above ground, various replacements are employed to supply the needed resistance. An example is the thicker walls used in the case of barrel or continuous vaults. Buttresses are used to supply resistance when intersecting vaults are employed. The simplest kind of vault is the barrel vault which is generally semicircular in shape. The barrel vault is a continuous arch, the length being greater than its diameter. As in building an arch, a temporary support is needed while rings of voussoirs are constructed and the rings placed in position. Until the topmost voussoir, the keystone, is positioned the vault is not self-supporting. Where timber is easily obtained, this temporary support is provided by centering consisting of a framed truss with a semicircular or segmental head, which supports the voussoirs until the ring of the whole arch is completed. With a barrel vault, the centering can then be shifted on to support the next rings.

Translations for vault

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a room, especially a cellar, with) an arched roof or ceiling

the castle vaults.

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