voider

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n voider a hamper that holds dirty clothes to be washed or wet clothes to be dried
    • n voider a piece of chain mail covering a place unprotected by armor plate
    • n voider a person who defecates
    • n voider an official who can invalidate or nullify "my bank check was voided and I wanted to know who the invalidator was"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Voider A servant whose business is to void, or clear away, a table after a meal.
    • Voider A tray, or basket, formerly used to receive or convey that which is voided or cleared away from a given place; especially, one for carrying off the remains of a meal, as fragments of food; sometimes, a basket for containing household articles, as clothes, etc. "Piers Plowman laid the cloth, and Simplicity brought in the voider .""The cloth whereon the earl dined was taken away, and the voider , wherein the plate was usually put, was set upon the cupboard's head."
    • Voider (Her) One of the ordinaries, much like the flanch, but less rounded and therefore smaller.
    • Voider One who, or that which, voids, empties, vacates, or annuls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n voider One who or that which voids or annuls; one who vacates or empties.
    • n voider Formerly, a tray or basket for carrying away utensils, dishes, etc., no longer required; especially, a tray or basket in which broken meat was carried from the table.
    • n voider A clothes-basket.
    • n voider A means of avoiding; in the following quotation, a screen from the heat of the sun; an arbor.
    • n voider In heraldry, same as flasque.
    • n voider In medieval armor, a contrivance for covering any part, of the body which the plate-armor left exposed, as at the joints. It was commonly of chain-mail. The name was also given to the rondels. Compare gusset.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Voider one who empties: a contrivance in armour for covering an unprotected part of the body: a tray for carrying away crumbs, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. voide, void, empty—L. viduus, bereft; others trace to Low L. form, akin to L. vacāre, to be empty.

Usage

In literature:

His gift was an Indian tray or voider full of silver, upon which was a carved silver dish full of gold.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX." by Robert Kerr
Azure, a voider, argent.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
The voider was a deep wicker, wooden, or metal basket.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Pewter voiders abounded and were advertised in newspapers, as were wicker and china voiders in 1740.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
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