• Showing a partial view of the cross vaults
    Showing a partial view of the cross vaults
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vault bound vigorously
    • v vault jump across or leap over (an obstacle)
    • n vault the act of jumping over an obstacle
    • n vault an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof
    • n vault a burial chamber (usually underground)
    • n vault a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The secret recipe for Coca Cola, code-named "Merchandise 7X" is kept under lock and key in a vault in the SunTrust Bank Building in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of Coke inventor Dr. John S. Pemberton and current world headquarters of Coca Cola International.
    • Vault A leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard, or the like.
    • Vault A leap or bound.
    • Vault An arched apartment; especially, a subterranean room, used for storing articles, for a prison, for interment, or the like; a cell; a cellar. "Charnel vaults .""The silent vaults of death.""To banish rats that haunt our vault ."
    • Vault (Arch) An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy. "The long-drawn aisle and fretted vault ."
    • Vault The bound or leap of a horse; a curvet.
    • Vault The canopy of heaven; the sky. "That heaven's vault should crack."
    • Vault To exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping; to tumble.
    • Vault To form with a vault, or to cover with a vault; to give the shape of an arch to; to arch; as, to vault a roof; to vault a passage to a court. "The shady arch that vaulted the broad green alley."
    • Vault To leap over; esp., to leap over by aid of the hands or a pole; as, to vault a fence. "I will vault credit, and affect high pleasures."
    • Vault To leap; to bound; to jump; to spring. "Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself.""Leaning on his lance, he vaulted on a tree.""Lucan vaulted upon Pegasus with all the heat and intrepidity of youth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vault In crinoids, same as disk, 5 .
    • n vault Same as a cloistered (or cloister) vault.
    • n vault An arched roof; a concave roof or roof-like covering; the canopy of heaven.
    • n vault In architecture, a continuous arch, or an arched roof, so constructed that the stones, bricks, or other materials of which it is composed mutually sustain themselves in their places upon their abutments, and that their joints radiate from some central point or line (or points or lines). Vaults are of various kinds, cylindrical, elliptical, single, double, cross, diagonal, pointed, etc. When a vault of which the curve is an arc of a circle is of greater height than half its span, it is said to be surmounted, and when of less height, surbased. A rampant vault is a vault which springs from planes not parallel to the horizon. One vault placed above or inclosing another constitutes a double vault. A conical vault is formed as it were upon part of the surface of a cone, and a spherical vault upon part of the surface of a sphere. A vault is simple when it is formed. upon the surface of some regular solid, around one axis, and compound when compounded of two or more simple vaults or parts of such vaults. (Compare Roman and medieval architecture, under Roman and medieval.) A groined vault is a compound vault formed by the intersection of two or more vaults crossing each other. See groin, groined, and cuts under aisle, crypt, and nave.
    • n vault An arched apartment or compartment; also, a chamber or compartment, even if not arched or vaulted; especially, a subterranean chamber used for certain specific purposes. A place of interment.
    • n vault A place of confinement; a prison.
    • n vault A place for storing articles; a cellar: as, wine-vaults; the name is hence frequently given, in the plural, to a place where beer and wine are sold, whether subterranean or not.
    • n vault A privy.
    • n vault In anatomy, a part forming a dome-like roof to a cavity
    • vault To form with a vault or arched roof; give the shape or character of an arch or a vault to; arch: as, to vault a passage to a court.
    • vault To cover with or as with an arch or vault.
    • n vault A leap or spring. Especially— A leap made by means of a pole, or by resting the hand or hands on something.
    • vault To leap; bound; spring, especially by having something to rest the hands on, as in mounting a horse or clearing a fence.
    • vault To exhibit equestrian or other feats of tumbling or leaping.
    • vault In the manège, to curvet. Synonyms Leap, Jump, etc. See skip.
    • vault To leap over; especially, to leap over by aid of the hands or a pole: as, to vault a fence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vault vawlt an arched roof: a chamber with an arched roof, esp. one underground: a cellar: anything vault-like: a leap or spring by means of a pole or by resting the hands on something: the bound of a horse: a jump
    • v.t Vault to shape as a vault: to arch: to roof with an arch: to form vaults in
    • v.i Vault to curvet or leap, as a horse: to leap: to exhibit feats of leaping or tumbling
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  • Milan Kundera
    “The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. voute, OF. voute, volte, F. voûte, LL. volta, for voluta, volutio, fr. L. volvere, volutum, to roll, to turn about. See Voluble, and cf. Vault a leap, Volt a turn, Volute


In literature:

You shall have the vault for four pounds a quarter, if so be she's content.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
The "tortoise" roof, of vaulted stone, is as lovely as it is severe.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
A uniformed attendant led them through innumerable corridors till they came to a private vault guarded by stout bars.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
Our family vault is six miles from here.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Our family vault is six miles from here.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
In this new situation he had to work in a long vaulted room with a number of other men, for the most part born Labour Serfs.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
There was a vault underneath, and Mr. Grey pressed me to enter.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Funny thing this chap Wilson should have made straight for the vaults though.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Now you'll see if I ain't right about the Green vaults.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
There were two figures dimly visible in the obscurity of the vaulted entrance to the water gate.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen

In poetry:

The lark above me is singing,
As only a lark can sing,
When the sweet blue vault is above him,
And sunshine is on his wing.
"The Lark's Song" by Alexander Anderson
I know not what lonely secret
May be hid in that weary cry,
But it chords with the winds and their music,
And the wide grey vault of the sky.
"Hill Shadows" by Alexander Anderson
Star of Rest! we bless thy beaming,
From that vault so calm and blue,
For thou bringest sweetest dreaming,
And thou fillest the heart with dew.
"Star Of Rest" by James Avis Bartley
She watched them glancing through the trees,
And glimmering down the hill;
They crept before the dead-vault door,
And there they all stood still!
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
BOTH. The family vault—the family vault.
It will certainly be (your/my) fault.
If (I go/she goes) to (my/her) family vault,
To bury (my/her) life-long woe!
"The Sorcerer: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Churches there are within whose gloomy vaults
Repose the bones of those that once were kings;
Their power has passed, and what remains but clay?
While in his grave our Shakspeare lives and sings.
"The Church At Stratford-On-Avon" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

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For their latest project, Sigur Rós dove into the Disney vault and dug up none other than Shia LaBeouf, who stars in their new video, "Fjögur Píanó".
'50s garb earns half-price apps at The Vault grand opening Wednesday.
A High Octane Doobie – Today's Vinyl Vault.
Placer High grad third in the pole vault at NCAA Championships.
Now at Arizona State, Hinch ties top mark but is third on tiebreakers in pole vault.
W KY TNT Vaulting Team Invited to Horse Fair.
Western Kentucky TNT Vaulting Team, a part of Kentucky Equine Abilities Center a non profit company,is a small vaulting team of 15 participants in the rural area of Madisonville, Kentucky.
Wolfgang's Vault is having a sale this weekend on Fine Art rock prints.
This SI Vault Sports Illustrated cover from 11.20.10 features Kalin Lucas, College Basketball, Michigan State.
This SI Vault Sports Illustrated cover from 11.20.09 features Kalin Lucas, Basketball, Michigan State Spartans.
The Vinyl Vault wants to know what songs make up the soundtrack to YOUR memories.
Vaulted Petersen into the top 10.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Progressive Rock on Today's Vinyl Vault.

In science:

The image is a composite of all VAULT-II observations after dark current subtraction and flatfielding.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
Both processed data, with and without the model are freely available in the VAULT website.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
To obtain the solar coordinates, rotation relative to solar North, and pixel size for the VAULT-II images we used TRACE Lyα images taken only minutes apart from the VAULT images.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
We adopt the latter value for consistency with our VAULT-I results and because it was obtained about two years after maximum and may better compare with our 2002 data.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
The prominence is much fainter than in the VAULT images but it is still visible.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations