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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vault, burial vaultnoun

    a burial chamber (usually underground)

  2. vault, bank vaultnoun

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

  3. vaultnoun

    an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof

  4. vault, hurdleverb

    the act of jumping over an obstacle

  5. vault, overleapverb

    jump across or leap over (an obstacle)

  6. vaultverb

    bound vigorously


  1. vault

    A vault is a secure and fortified structure or room used for the storage or safeguarding of valuable items, such as money, documents, or precious artifacts. It is designed to offer high levels of protection against theft, fire, or other potential risks. Vaults typically feature thick walls, strong doors, advanced security systems, and may also have additional measures like surveillance cameras, access control, and alarms to ensure the security of the stored items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vaultnoun

    an arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy

  2. Vaultnoun

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

  3. Vaultnoun

    the canopy of heaven; the sky

  4. Vaultnoun

    a leap or bound

  5. Vaultnoun

    the bound or leap of a horse; a curvet

  6. Vaultnoun

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

  7. Vaultverb

    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. Vaultverb

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

  9. Vaultnoun

    to leap; to bound; to jump; to spring

  10. Vaultnoun

    to exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping; to tumble

  11. Etymology: [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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. VAULT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Vault is ranked #101247 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Vault surname appeared 178 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Vault.

    62.9% or 112 total occurrences were Black.
    30.9% or 55 total occurrences were White.
    4.4% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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. Brian Lainoff:

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

  2. Dipa Karmakar:

    My coach (Bisweshwar Nandi) was frightened when I first started doing the vault because he thought I could break my neck or end up dead but I was eager to try and push the boundaries, sir (Nandi) even got a telling off from the team’s foreign coach for allowing me to perform this vault because it was too risky. But my coach and I felt we had to take some risks if we wanted to compete with the best.

  3. Akshay Naheta:

    Energy Vault solves a long-standing and complex problem of how to store renewable energy at scale, energy Vault is highly complementary to SoftBank's existing energy portfolio and we are pleased to further the company's global development.

  4. Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Ninth, Chapter 2:

    She had fortunately always her appetite for news. The pure flame of the disinterested burned in her cave of treasures as a lamp in a Byzantine vault.

  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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Translations for vault

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  • قبوArabic
  • voltaCatalan, Valencian
  • přeskočit, sklepení, přeskok, klenbaCzech
  • Tresor, Gewölbe, GruftGerman
  • θόλοςGreek
  • volboEsperanto
  • saltar, cripta, bóveda, saltoSpanish
  • kaari, holvi, holvikaari, loikka, kupoli, holvata, hypätä, loikata, hyppyFinnish
  • saut de cheval, chambre-forte, cellier, crypte, bondir, voute, caveauFrench
  • boghaScottish Gaelic
  • मेहराबHindi
  • boltozatHungarian
  • cripta, tomba, salto, balzare, saltare, cantina, camera blindata, caveau, volteggiare, volta, volteggioItalian
  • כספתHebrew
  • 金庫Japanese
  • gewelf, sprong met stok en handensteun; polsstoksprong, welving, kelder, wijnkelder, crypte, kluisDutch
  • skoczyć, piwnica, skok, krypta, wolta, sklepieniePolish
  • abóbada, abobadarPortuguese
  • склеп, свод, прыжок, опорный прыжок, арка, погреб, перепрыгивать, хранилищеRussian
  • свод, svodSerbo-Croatian
  • valvSwedish
  • والٹUrdu
  • Chinese

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