• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vacant without an occupant or incumbent "the throne is never vacant"
    • adj vacant void of thought or knowledge "a vacant mind"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vacant (Law) Abandoned; having no heir, possessor, claimant, or occupier; as, a vacant estate.
    • Vacant Deprived of contents; not filled; empty; as, a vacant room. "Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form.""Being of those virtues vacant .""There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended,
      But has one vacant chair."
    • Vacant Empty of thought; thoughtless; not occupied with study or reflection; as, a vacant mind. "The duke had a pleasant and vacant face.""When on my couch I lie
      In vacant or in pensive mood."
    • Vacant Not filled or occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer; unoccupied; as, a vacant throne; a vacant house; a vacant apartment; a vacant parish. "Special dignities which vacant lie
      For thy best use and wearing."
    • Vacant Unengaged with business or care; unemployed; unoccupied; disengaged; free; as, vacant hours. "Religion is the interest of all; but philosophy of those . . . at leisure, and vacant from the affairs of the world.""There was not a minute of the day which he left vacant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vacant Having no contents; empty; unfilled; void; devoid; destitute: as, a vacant space; a vacant room.
    • vacant Not occupied or filled with an incumbent or tenant; unoccupied.
    • vacant Not engaged or filled with business or care; unemployed; unoccupied; free; disengaged; idle: as, vacant hours.
    • vacant Characterized by or proceeding from idleness or absence of mental occupation.
    • vacant Free from thought; not given to thinking, study, reflection, or the like; thoughtless.
    • vacant Lacking, or appearing to lack, intelligence; stupid; inane.
    • vacant In law: Not filled; unoccupied: as, a vacant office
    • vacant Empty: as, a vacant house. In the law of fire-insurance a house may be unoccupied, and yet not be deemed vacant.
    • vacant Abandoned; having no heir: as, vacant effects or goods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vacant vā′kant empty: free: not occupied by an incumbent or possessor: not occupied with study, &c.: thoughtless, inane
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.”
  • Louis XIV
    Louis XIV
    “Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful.”
  • Nicholas Hilliard
    Nicholas Hilliard
    “A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.”
  • Ching-An
    “The hermit doesn't sleep at night, in love with the blue of the vacant moon. The cool of the breeze that rustles the trees rustles him too.”
  • William Cowper
    “Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Vacant minds must have their uses, yet it seems a pity to waste first-class bodies on them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. vacans, -antis, p. pr. of vacare, to be empty, to be free or unoccupied, to have leisure, also vocare,; akin to vacuus, empty, and probably to E. void,. Cf. Evacuate Void (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vacans, -antis, pr.p. of vacāre, -ātum, to be empty.


In literature:

At every season of the year vacant plots should be kept going with a few breadths of Cabbage.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Next morning his place was vacant, and I asked one of the boys if he had seen the young man.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
The crown had used to the full its rights over minors and vacant fiefs.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Remember you always touch a vacant place and slide the counter from it to the next place, which must be also vacant.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
I, to herd with narrow foreheads vacant of our glorious gains, Like a beast with lower pleasures, like a beast with lower pains!
"The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3" by Various
He had been standing rapt in a happy fancy, his thoughts far in a world of their own, and his eyes vacant of any purpose.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
If you were lucky enough to be an officer, you were privileged to take any vacant chair you saw.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
A figure of war incarnate he stood, and a vacant circle which no one cared to cross formed about him.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
France, they say, has ever a vacant place for a good sword, nor is the king likely to refuse service to a nephew of Bienville.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
A vacant lot, like the one behind Miss May's school, is really the only place for this kind of fun.
"Sunny Boy and His Playmates" by Ramy Allison White

In poetry:

I sit by the hearthfire lonely,
The vacant armchair by,
And think of the sweet days only
When she who is gone was nigh.
"Lines - I" by Manmohan Ghose
Who have not welcomed even as we,
That jocund minstrel and his lays
Beside the idle summer sea
And in the vacant summer days?
"Beside The Idle Summer Sea" by William Ernest Henley
There was grief within our household
Because of a vacant chair.
Our mother, so loved and precious,
No longer was sitting there.
"Jamie's Puzzle" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Who knows the worth of mother?
Not those who see her daily;
But those who watch that vacant chair
Whose days are dark and dreary.
"Motherly Emotions" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Now wearying round the portals
Of the vacant, desolate mind--
As the doors of a ruined mansion,
That creak in the cold night wind.
"Psychaura" by Henry Howard Brownell
But still more sad this white and chilly Dawn
Filling the vacant spaces of the sky,
While little winds blow here and there forlorn
And all the stars, weary of shining, die.
"The Window Overlooking The Harbour" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Lamar Evans was acquitted of burning down a vacant house after his trial judge mistakenly required Michigan prosecutors to prove more than they needed to, all sides now in the case agree.
NORWICH – Following the January resignation of a board member for personal reasons, the Guernsey Memorial Library is currently seeking a volunteer to fill the vacant seat.
North Philadelphia resident battles owners of vacant properties.
Grand Rapids Community College has lifted a hiring freeze , but it's unclear when administrators will begin filling the vacant positions.
Robert Woods stands beside the vacant North Minneapolis city lot he's transformed into a large garden.
A one-bedroom apartment on the third floor recently was vacant and available for rent.
Olshey, head of the team's basketball operations, had interviewed for the vacant GM job in Portland.
The seat was left vacant in September by Carol Marsh.
The site is currently vacant.
Field hearing at vacant Georgetown heating plant gets confrontational.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is planning to renovate a vacant industrial building in Fountain Square to serve as its new headquarters.
Bill would create land bank for Pittsburgh vacant property.
Two San Jose transients were apprehended Sunday afternoon after they allegedly entered a vacant building on the 1600 block of McCandless Drive, Milpitas Police Department reported.
Schenectady Dealing With Rash Of Fires To Vacant Buildings.
Voters approve sale of vacant ski area.

In science:

First, we note that, if ξ k := 1 − Pk l=1 eξl is the amount of space left vacant by the k first atoms of (cid:16) eξk , k ≥ 1(cid:17), we get ξ k = ξ(k) .
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
We say a bond is occupied when the corresponding random variable is 1, and vacant when the random variable is 0.
Random walk on the incipient infinite cluster for oriented percolation in high dimensions
Every configuration η in the state space {0, 1}C (ω) corresponds to a system of particles on C (ω) if one considers a site x occupied by a particle if ηx = 1 and vacant if ηx = 0.
Random walks and exclusion processes among random conductances on random infinite clusters: homogenization and hydrodynamic limit
The lower bound (6.4) leads easily to a useful upper bound for the probability that site x is vacant.
Occupation Statistics of Critical Branching Random Walks in Two or Higher Dimensions
For any ε > 0, inequality (6.7) and Lemma 32 imply that for all large n, for any displacement x of magnitude ≤ ℓn , the probability that site (x + Sn ) is vacant is less than 2ε.
Occupation Statistics of Critical Branching Random Walks in Two or Higher Dimensions