• It is vacation; students dozing against a wall
    It is vacation; students dozing against a wall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vacation spend or take a vacation
    • n vacation the act of making something legally void
    • n vacation leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure "we get two weeks of vacation every summer","we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend five times more of their time in their cars than they do on vacation
    • Vacation A period of intermission of regular paid work or employment, or of studies and exercises at an educational institution; the time during which a person temporarily ceases regular duties of any kind and performs other activites, usually some form of liesure; holidays; recess (at a school); as, the spring vacation; to spend one's vacation travelling; to paint the house while on vacation . Vacation is typically used for rest, travel, or recreation, but may be used for any purpose. In Britain this sense of vacation is usually referred to as holiday.
    • Vacation Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure. "It was not in his nature, however, at least till years had chastened it, to take any vacation from controversy."
    • Vacation Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess.
    • Vacation The act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, the vacation of an office or a charter.
    • Vacation The time when an office is vacant;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most popular vacation destinations for Americans in 1956 was Niagara Falls
    • n vacation The act of vacating. Specifically— The act of leaving without an occupant: as, the vacation of an office.
    • n vacation A space of time, or a condition, in which there is an intermission of a stated employment or procedure; a stated interval in a round of duties; a holiday.
    • n vacation Specifically— In law, temporary cessation of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term of court and the beginning of the next; the period during which a court holds no sessions; recess; non-term. In England the vacations are—Christmas vacation, commencing on December 24th and ending January 6th; Easter vacation, commencing on Good Friday and ending on Easter Tuesday; Whitsun vacation, commencing on the Saturday before and ending on the Tuesday after Whitsunday; and the long vacation, commencing on August 13th and ending on October 23d.
    • n vacation The intermission of the regular studies of an educational institution of any kind, when the students have a recess; holidays: as, the summer vacation.
    • n vacation The act of becoming vacant; avoidance: said especially of a see or other spiritual dignity.
    • n vacation Freedom from duty; leisure time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you were to go on vacation for eleven days, you'd have less than one million seconds to enjoy it.
    • ns Vacation a vacating or making void or invalid: freedom from, duty, &c.: recess: break in the sittings of law-courts: school and college holidays
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A vacation should be just long enough that you're boss misses you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “With me a change of trouble is as good as a vacation.”
  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman
    “I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No one needs a vacation more than the person who just had one.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The bigger the summer vacation the harder the fall.”
  • Morris Fishbein
    Morris Fishbein
    “A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. vacatio, a being free from a duty, service, etc., fr. vacare,. See Vacate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vacans, -antis, pr.p. of vacāre, -ātum, to be empty.


In literature:

He had spent two of his Harvard vacations there, and he knew this at first hand.
"A Pair of Patient Lovers" by William Dean Howells
Platoons had barely been allotted their areas when clumps of Huns began to appear on the ridge we had just vacated.
"The Seventh Manchesters" by S. J. Wilson
I'm sorter takin' a vacation.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
And, as always was the case on an occasion of this kind, a celebration was to mark the closing of the school for the long summer vacation.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
Was he not on vacation, and must he not enjoy himself?
"The Early Bird" by George Randolph Chester
Mrs. Scot-Williams of her own accord suggested a vacation of two months for me.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
After father started for California we were obliged to vacate the parsonage for the family of his successor.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
I learned the thing vacations to help an uncle out, who was a collector.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
If one has achieved a new cottage, for example, let him take numerous week-end vacations from it.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
As long as she was busy she was contented, but when vacation came she was again miserable.
"Ten American Girls From History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser

In poetry:

"I like to have vacation,
I like to camp and roam;
But mostly, in a curious way,
I like the coming home.
"September" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Ther's too mich love ov worldly ways,
An too mich affectation;
They work i'th' vinyard a few days,
Then hint abaat vacation.
"Old Dave To Th' New Parson" by John Hartley
He soon vacates this world himself,
And leaves a weeping widow,
With mind, and soul, and heart bereft,
A past all dark and bitter.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Now Lizzie! I have written back,
In answer to your publication;
So let us promptly tread the track,
Before the first of next vacation.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
Cold and final, the imagination
Shuts down its fabled summer house;
Blue views are boarded up; our sweet vacation
Dwindles in the hour-glass.
"Two Lovers And A Beachcomber" by Sylvia Plath
And if you march beside some Kentish hedge,
And blackberries hang thick clustered o'er the ways,
Hick down a branch! Rest by the road's brown edge;
Eat! Nor forget our last vacation days!
"To My Son" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Life on Vacation is a weekly look at the second-home market.
Sometimes it's just not practical to take your dogs on vacation, but when you can, pet-friendly lodging is a godsend.
Forced to fly solo, even on family vacations.
Orlando Bloom, accompanied by wife Miranda Kerr and son Flynn, take some vacation downtime on Bora Bora .
Miranda Kerr and husband Orlando Bloom, along with their son Flynn, vacation in Bora Bora .
We turned to John Kress, an expert on how plants and birds co-evolved over time, for his pick for an evolution vacation.
When you have to stop and ask yourself what day it is, that may be the sign your vacation has taken full hold.
Watch Joe build an agency that earns him commissions even when he's on vacation or after he's retired.
Students returning to Oxford this term after their summer vacation will have a new privilege to enjoy.
Giving workers more vacation time doesn't mean increased ROI for employers.
Myths About Vacation and Productivity.
CPS strike make-up days cut into vacations.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday vacated an Environmental Protection Agency rule that would have allowed Navistar International Corp.
Summer vacations remain a must-do, survey says.
Ifill and Chalian Dissect Primaries, Obamas' Vacations, Iowa Stumping.

In science:

The server becomes active after some time that may depend on the number of waiting customers at the beginning of the vacation period and the number of customers that arrive during the vacation period, but it may not depend on future arrivals.
Queues with random back-offs
Let the random variable Xi denote the number of arrivals during a vacation period that begins with i customers in the system.
Queues with random back-offs
We assume that E{B 2} < ∞ and that the service times are independent of the arrival and vacation times.
Queues with random back-offs
Similarly we could say that the server always activates immediately if there are waiting customers at the beginning of the vacation period, i.e., φ(i, 0) = 1 for i ≥ 1, and φ(i, m) = 0 otherwise, so that GXi (r) = 1 for i ≥ 1.
Queues with random back-offs
GL (r) = GLM/G/1 (r)GLI (r), where LI denotes the number of customers in the system at an arbitrary epoch during a non-serving (vacation) period.
Queues with random back-offs