What does vault mean?

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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

  11. Origin: [OE. vouten, OF. volter, vouter, F. voter. See Vault an arch.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vault

    vawlt, n. an arched roof: a chamber with an arched roof, esp. one underground: a cellar: anything vault-like: a leap or spring by means of a pole or by resting the hands on something: the bound of a horse: a jump.—v.t. to shape as a vault: to arch: to roof with an arch: to form vaults in.—v.i. to curvet or leap, as a horse: to leap: to exhibit feats of leaping or tumbling.—n. Vaul′tage (Shak.), an arched cellar: vaulted work.—adj. Vaul′ted, arched: concave overhead: covered with an arch or vault.—ns. Vaul′ter, one who vaults or leaps; Vaul′ting (archit.), vaulted work; Vaul′ting-horse, a wooden horse used in gymnasiums for vaulting over.—adj. Vaul′ty (Shak.), arched, concave. [O. Fr. volte (Fr. voûte)—L. volvĕre, volutum, to roll.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vault in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vault in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of vault in a Sentence

  1. Cierra Martin:

    The seed vault is the back-up of the back-up.

  2. Brian Lainoff:

    Protecting the world's biodiversity in this manner is precisely the purpose of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

  3. Cierra Martin:

    ICARDA had to move collections in Syria to Morocco and Lebanon and the seed vault helped them reestablish their collections.

  4. Sandi Morris:

    We had swirling winds and head winds, which really affect you in the pole vault because your pole is pretty much like a sail.

  5. Anonymous:

    The Internet is like a vault with a screen door on the back. I don't need jackhammers and atom bomb to get in when I can walk through the door.

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  • voltaCatalan, Valencian
  • klenba, přeskok, sklepení, přeskočitCzech
  • Gewölbe, Gruft, TresorGerman
  • θόλοςGreek
  • volboEsperanto
  • bóveda, salto, cripta, saltarSpanish
  • holvikaari, loikka, kaari, hyppy, holvi, kupoli, holvata, hypätä, loikataFinnish
  • voute, crypte, bondir, cellier, caveau, chambre-forte, saut de chevalFrench
  • boghaScottish Gaelic
  • boltozatHungarian
  • cripta, volteggiare, volta, volteggio, camera blindata, caveau, balzare, saltare, cantina, salto, tombaItalian
  • כספתHebrew
  • 金庫Japanese
  • kelder, wijnkelder, kluis, gewelf, sprong met stok en handensteun; polsstoksprong, welving, crypteDutch
  • sklepienie, wolta, krypta, skok, piwnica, skoczyćPolish
  • abóbada, abobadarPortuguese
  • свод, прыжок, опорный прыжок, погреб, склеп, арка, хранилище, перепрыгиватьRussian
  • свод, svodSerbo-Croatian
  • valvSwedish
  • والٹUrdu
  • Chinese

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