- vault1 «vawlt», noun, verb.–n.1. a) an arched masonry or concrete structure built so that the parts support each other, serving as a roof or covering over a space; series of arches. b) an arched roof or ceiling. c) Figurative. something like an arched roof, especially the sky: »
Heaven's ebon vault, Studded with stars (Shelley).2. an underground cellar or storehouse: »
He went into the inner vault where he kept his choicest wines (Samuel Butler).3. a place for storing valuable things and keeping them safe. Vaults are often made of steel. »
A paper currency is employed when there is no bullion in the vaults (Emerson).4. a) an arched space under the floor of a church; crypt. b) a place for burial: »
to be buried in the family vault.5. a natural cavern or cave.6. Anatomy. an arched structure, especially the skull.–v.t.1. to make in the form of a vault: »
The roof was vaulted.2. Figurative. to set or extend like a vault: »
Hateful is the dark-blue sky Vaulted o'er the dark-blue sea (Tennyson).3. to cover with a vault.╂[< Old French voulte, vaulte < Vulgar Latin volvita, noun use of volvitus, for Latin volūtus, feminine past participle of volvere to roll]–vault´like´, adjective.vault2 «vawlt», verb, noun.–v.t.1. to jump or leap over by using a pole or the hands: »
He vaulted the fence.2. to mount (a horse) by leaping.–v.i.to jump or leap: »
He vaulted over the wall.–n.╂[alteration (influenced by vault1) of Middle French volter < Old French < Italian voltare < volta < Vulgar Latin volvita; see etym. under vault1 (Cf. ↑vault)]–vault|er, noun.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.