• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Vaporate To emit vapor; to evaporate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If someone were to capture and bottle a comet's 10,000-mile vapor trail, the amount of vapor actually present in the bottle would take up less than one cubic inch of space.
    • vaporate To emit vapor; evaporate.
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  • Horace Greeley
    Horace Greeley
    “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.”
  • Lord Byron
    “O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper, which makes bank credit like a bark of vapor.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “I had rather be a toad, and live upon the vapor of a dungeon than keep a corner in the thing I love for others uses.”
  • Bible
    “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. [James 4:14]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vaporare, vaporatum,. See Vapor


In literature:

The first question to be determined was whether vapor does, or does not, rise from the ground on dewy nights.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 530, February 27, 1886" by Various
Nor clouds nor low-born vapors drop the dew.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
The long columns of mist and vapor seemed so near that John felt as if he could reach out his hand and touch them.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The gases or vapors in the lungs cannot pass freely through the hardened air-cells.
"Object Lessons on the Human Body" by Sarah F. Buckelew and Margaret W. Lewis
Arsenic is vaporized from its metallic state, and likewise from its alloys.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
The mercury flies away as vapor and the gold remains.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
Vapors were rolling up from the south and the two great peaks faded from view.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
For the air as it quitted the equatorial regions was laden with aqueous vapor, which could not subsist in the cold polar regions.
"Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20)" by Various
The marquis was unreal; yonder was a vapor assuming the form of a woman.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Let us consider the nerves and the vapors solely in their connection with marriage.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac

In poetry:

At his command the vapors rise,
The lightnings flash, the thunders roar;
He pours the rain, he brings the wind
And tempest from his airy store.
"Psalm 135 part 2" by Isaac Watts
We see but dimly through the mists and vapors;
Amid these earthly damps
What seem to us but sad, funereal tapers
May be heaven's distant lamps.
"By The Fireside : Resignation" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Twas bright, but as frail as a shadow;
It passed like a vapor away—
As the mist which hangs over the meadow
Dissolves in the sun's burning ray.
"Retrospection" by David John Scott
That cry is yet prolonged. I wake to hear
The distant fog-horn peal: before mine eyes
Stands the white wall of mist,
Blending with vaporous skies.
"Fog" by Emma Lazarus
Steadily burned all night the tapers,
And the White Christ through the vapors
Gleamed across the Fiord of Salten,
As through John's Apocalypse,--
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Shoulder ax and arquebus!—
We may find it!—past yon range
Of sierras, vaporous,
Rich with gold and wild and strange
That lost region dear to us.
"Voyagers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Refinery fire caused by vapor leak.
Chevron workers barely escaped vapor cloud - more than 9,000 people sought treatment at ERs.
GB vapor detected in igloo at depot.
The tank is about 9 ft in diameter and about 30 ft long so there is plenty of vapor space.
You Can't Just Vaporize Americans Without Judicial Process.
When It Comes to Marijuana, Willie's Punishment Seems to Vaporize .
Vaporized dinner now a reality.
So since I gave up the cigarette habit, I've been keeping a close eye on the world of vaporizers .
Slowdown in Warming Linked to Water Vapor .
I saw the vapor barrier hung.
Join Jeff Levack from the Sean & Richie Show this Saturday starting at 12:30 at Vapor inside the Saratoga Casino and Raceway ALL NFL Season long.
Fuel Eco Systems offer a fuel vapor enhancer that reduces emissions while realizing.
Fuel Eco Systems offer a fuel vapor enhancer that reduces emissions while realizing a fuel savings on average 8-12.'s guide to the vapors that are making Earth more toasty.
Ohio Chemical Company Cited After Vapor Release.

In science:

Unfortunately, the normalization procedure removes the broad vapor absorption features in the coolest stars but this loss is unavoidable because the spectral extent of a single setting is only 0.075 − 0.095 µm and does not provide sufficient coverage for a reliable estimate of the continuum shape.
A Medium-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectral Library of Late Type Stars: I
Wertheim: Correlations in the liquid-vapor interface , J.
Magnetic properties of colloidal suspensions of interacting magnetic particles
The detection of water vapor, through clearly identified spectral lines, whilst not a common event has been made in a variety of sources.
Near-Infrared water lines in V838 Monocerotis
Tests on the lattice gas (Ising) model [9, 11, 12] demonstrate a beautiful agreement between the vapor cluster concentrations and Eq. (1), and analysis of many multifragmentation reactions [1, 2] show equally good agreement, leading to a characterization of the liquid-vapor phase diagram for small nuclear systems.
Compound nuclear decay and the liquid to vapor phase transition: a physical picture
To begin, let us imagine a liquid in equilibrium with its saturated vapor.
Compound nuclear decay and the liquid to vapor phase transition: a physical picture