vacuum
I. noun (plural vacuums or vacua) Etymology: Latin, from neuter of vacuus empty, from vacare to be empty Date: 1550 1. emptiness of space 2. a. a space absolutely devoid of matter b. a space partially exhausted (as to the highest degree possible) by artificial means (as an air pump) c. a degree of rarefaction below atmospheric pressure 3. a. a state or condition resembling a vacuum ; void <
the power vacuum in Indochina after the departure of the French — Norman Cousins
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b. a state of isolation from outside influences <
people who live in a vacuum…so that the world outside them is of no moment — W. S. Maugham
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4. a device creating or utilizing a partial vacuum; especially vacuum cleaner II. adjective Date: 1825 1. of, containing, producing, or utilizing a partial vacuum <
separated by means of vacuum distillation
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2. of or relating to a vacuum device or system III. verb Date: 1922 transitive verb 1. to use a vacuum device (as a vacuum cleaner) on <
vacuum the living room
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2. to draw or take in by or as if by suction intransitive verb to operate a vacuum device

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