vapourous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vapourous filled with vapor "miasmic jungles","a vaporous bog"
    • adj vapourous resembling or characteristic of vapor "vaporous clouds"
    • adj vapourous so thin as to transmit light "a hat with a diaphanous veil","filmy wings of a moth","gauzy clouds of dandelion down","gossamer cobwebs","sheer silk stockings","transparent chiffon","vaporous silks"
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Usage

In literature:

There was a cloud of choking vapour.
"The Silent Bullet" by Arthur B. Reeve
She could scarcely see him for the vapour, nor hear him for the roar of the escaping steam.
"A Dark Night's Work" by Elizabeth Gaskell
The water, cooled less rapidly, is warmer now than the surrounding air, and yields this vapour in consequence.
"Voyages in Search of the North-West Passage" by Richard Hakluyt
We have need of nourishment; then so have the gods also, and feed upon the vapours of the earth.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
A thick vapour lay over the lonely and marshy spot.
"Antonina" by Wilkie Collins
The horizon trembles under the little vapours of mirage like water ruffled by the wind.
"Egypt (La Mort De Philae)" by Pierre Loti
There are in London kitchens equally dismal though not quite so much exposed to damp and noxious vapours.
"Nature and Art" by Mrs. Inchbald
He saw several more come in, one after another, out of the impenetrable vapour.
"Pierre and Jean" by Guy de Maupassant
And as he sat there vapouring about the pathetically insignificant he looked more like Napoleon III than ever.
"Simon the Jester" by William J. Locke
Madame du Maine will eventually become really crazy, for she is dreadfully troubled with the vapours.
"The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete" by Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
The vapours seized the Archbishop, and turned themselves into slight attacks of epilepsy.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
He rubbed his eyes, and shook his head, in order to shake off the drowsy vapours that surrounded him.
"The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I" by Tobias Smollett
Pride and hope and desire like crushed herbs in his heart sent up vapours of maddening incense before the eyes of his mind.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
This species of air is likewise produced by impregnating water with nitrous vapour.
"Heads of Lectures on a Course of Experimental Philosophy: Particularly Including Chemistry" by Joseph Priestley
In such cases a second well is dug to the right or left, as an air-shaft, which draws off these noxious vapours.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
Your life is but a vapour.
"Practical Religion" by John Charles Ryle
A fairy explosion was followed by the dewy vapours of long imprisoned sunshine.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
He looked, however, like a thin white vapour, rising amid the lovely blue of the summer sky.
"First Impressions on a Tour upon the Continent" by Marianne Baillie
When this vapour dispersed, the labyrinth would suddenly start into life and swarm with motion and sounds.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
All about her seemed wrapped in grey vapours; the soft draperies with which her body was covered were also grey, like finely woven cobwebs.
"The Dreamer of Dreams" by Marie, Queen of Roumania
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In poetry:

Wilder yet the sounds are growing,
And the archfiend roars on high;
From the ground
Hellish vapours rise around.
"The First Walpurgis-Night" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
So have I view'd a summer's sky,
A gay and smiling scene;
When not a passing vapour rose
To shade the blue serene;
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
There is no longer any heaven
To glorify our clouds;
The rising vapours downward driven
Come home in palls and shrouds.
"Songs of the Autumn Days" by George MacDonald
When the jaws of darkness rend,
And the vapours fold away,
And the sounds of life ascend
Like dust in the blinding day?
"To My Mother Earth" by George MacDonald
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

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:

Increasing the tropopause temperature increases the amount of water vapour and hence the optical depth of the stratosphere, requiring a larger outgoing flux to maintain equilibrium.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
As the surface temperature rises, the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere increases, from water being a minor constituent (at present), to a ma jor constituent and ultimately to the dominant atmospheric constituent (figure 3).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
For the thick water vapour atmosphere we are now considering, this will be in the upper troposphere.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Also, with a larger lapse rate but a prescribed surface temperature, the vertically averaged atmospheric temperature is lower, so the column mass of water vapour is lower (Naka jima et al., 1992).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
This is not a watertight argument: for example, with much more water vapour aloft high clouds might become thicker and more widespread, causing net warming.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Much of the uncertainty relates to the so-called continuum absorption of water vapour (in window regions, both 8 to 12 µm and 4 µm, there is more absorption than one would expect considering nearby water vapour lines).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Atmospheric conditions are ranked into a range of bands, e.g., T1 = 10% best seeing, B1 = dark sky, etc., according to the real-time turbulent statistics, the atmospheric temperature and solar/lunar elevation, and the atmospheric precipitable water vapour content.
The Science Case for PILOT I: Summary and Overview
This has been studied for example in the Ising model and related liquid/vapour systems in [8, 9], where a major point is the shape of critical ’droplets’.
Zero Range Condensation at Criticality
In contrast to liquid/vapour systems, this fraction is not ’universal’, but depends on the system parameter λ (see also discussion in Section 2.3).
Zero Range Condensation at Criticality
The problem was raised by Mott ([M]) who gave an heuristic explanation based on the analysis of the interaction of the α-particle with only two atoms of the vapour.
Asymptotic Expansion for the Wave Function in a one-dimensional Model of Inelastic Interaction
During periods of very low atmospheric water vapour, the usually opaque 5-8 µm range can become accessible to ground-based astronomy.
Mid-infrared astronomy with the E-ELT: Performance of METIS
However, it was demonstrated recently that close upper limit on the weak mixing in 207Pb can be extracted already now from the measurements of the PNC optical activity of atomic lead vapour.
WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM ATOMIC PHYSICS ABOUT FUNDAMENTAL SYMMETRIES IN NUCLEI AND PARTICLES
However, for trapped neutral atoms the technique of forced evaporative cooling has been shown to be extremely powerful, enabling the temperature in a weakly interacting atomic vapour to be brought well into the quantum regime of a trap, which for a cloud of Bosons leads to Bose Einstein condensation .
The Ion Trap Quantum Information Processor
In an equilibrium system scale-invariance naturally appears at the critical point of a second-order phase transition, such as that between the liquid and vapour phases of water.
Complexity: An Introduction
In both cases we assess the relevance of our findings for oneand two-component Fermi vapours in one dimension.
Coupling constants for a degenerate Fermi gas confined to a quasi one-dimensional harmonic trap
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