vapour

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vapour the process of becoming a vapor
    • n vapour a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass.
    • vapour etc. See vapor, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vapour vā′pur the gas into which most liquids and solids are convertible by heat: the condition of a body when it becomes gas by heat: water in the atmosphere: anything vain or transitory:
    • v.i Vapour to pass off in vapour: to evaporate: to boast: to brag
    • v.t Vapour to make to pass into vapour: to cause to dissolve into gas, thin air, or other unsubstantial thing: :
    • v.i Vapour to pass off in vapour
    • n Vapour vā′pur (pl.) a disease of nervous weakness in which a variety of strange images float before the mind, temporary depression of spirits, dejection
    • v.t Vapour (rare) to depress, dispirit
    • v.t Vapour (obs.) to bully
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Usage

In literature:

From the forest issued a curl of blue vapour and a smell of wood smoke.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
In the same way, the whiteness of the comet is sunlit vapour seen through portions of itself.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 450" by Various
There can be no vapour in the air without water on the earth below to produce it.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Hot springs, mud-volcanoes, and vapour-vents abound all over the island, whilst earthquakes are by no means uncommon.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
The sun had drunk up all the morning vapours, and his disc broke forth in all its glory.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
What will not kill a man if a vapour will?
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne
A line of vapour through the trees marked the course of the little river.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
It dispels the vapours and increases the energies.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Gases and vapours aggregate to liquids and solids, without any change of their chemical nature.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Juno, close to him, rolls her great eyes, surmounted by a diadem, from which escapes, like a vapour, a veil floating in the wind.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
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In poetry:

From off the earth the vapours curled,
Went up to meet their joy;
The boy awoke, and all the world
Was waiting for the boy!
"The Golden Key" by George MacDonald
Like a latter lily lying,
O'er whom falling leaves are sighing,
And the Autumn vapours crying,
In a dream of evening gleam.
"The German Legion" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
For, think you, as the vapours flee
Across Sanjaolie after rain,
His soul may climb the hill again
To each of field of victory.
"Possibilities" by Rudyard Kipling
Oh call again the moons that crossed
Blue gulfs, behind gray vapours crept;
Show me the solemn skies I lost
Because in thee I slept.
"A Prayer for the Past: All sights and sounds of day and yea" by George MacDonald
And rise, O moon, from yonder down,
Till over down and over dale
All night the shining vapour sail
And pass the silent-lighted town,
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Or mount and ride in sun and wind,
Through desert moors, hills bleak and high,
Where wandering vapours fall, and find
In me another sky!
"A Prayer for the Past: All sights and sounds of day and yea" by George MacDonald

In news:

Decided to pull over to take a picture of this interesting cloud or vapour trail.
Petrol vapours sparked car explosion.
Vapour Organic Beauty Lux Lip Conditioner 0.14 ounces, $16.
Petrol vapours sparked car explosion.
The Canadian Electrical Code, Section 18 covers electrical equipment and wiring in locations where ignition of flammable gases, vapours , dusts and fibres could result in fires or explosions.
Phase Changes in Pure Component Systems: Solid and Solid (R. Vapour-Liquid Equilibrium at Low Pressure (J. Vapour-Liquid Equilibrium at High Pressure (D.
This wide-ranging volume covers recent developments in the theoretical understanding of the chemistry and physics of chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
Jensen, Chemical Vapour Deposition--An Overview.
Jensen, Fundamentals of Chemical Vapour Deposition.
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In science:

For some given flux, we follow the radiative equilibrium temperature–optical depth profile until it intersects the temperature–optical depth curve derived from the saturation vapour pressure (figure 2).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
As the water vapour mixing ratio tends towards one, this simplifies to the saturation vapour pressure curve.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
To explain this, we need to relax our assumption that water vapour is a “grey” absorber: in reality it is quite far from being so.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
With more water vapour in the atmosphere, the 8 to 12 µm window will becomes optically thicker, absorbing more radiation and preventing escape to space.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Relaxing the assumption that the atmosphere is transparent to shortwave radiation causes some qualitative changes as water vapour absorbs solar radiation.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
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