• WordNet 3.6
    • n vestibule a large entrance or reception room or area
    • n vestibule any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vestibule The porch or entrance into a house; a hall or antechamber next the entrance; a lobby; a porch; a hall.
    • v. t Vestibule To furnish with a vestibule or vestibules.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vestibule In Bryozoa of the suborder Cryptostomata, a tubular shaft which lies above and leads to the mouth of the zoœcium. This vestibule or vestibular shaft may be crossed by diaphragms or hemisepta and is surrounded by vesicular tissue or a solid calcareous deposit.
    • n vestibule In car-building, a car-platform inclosed above and on two sides and connected by a bellows-like extension with the similarly inclosed platform of the next car. Each extension carries an iron doorframe called a face-plate. When two cars are coupled together the opposing face-plates are pressed together by springs, which at the same time allow them to slip over one another with the motion of the cars. The permanent structure of the vestibule includes doors on each side, at the steps, and hinged platforms to cover the steps when the doors are closed.
    • n vestibule A passage, hall, or antechamber next the outer door of a house, from which doors open into the various inner rooms; a porch; a lobby; a hall; a narthex. See cuts under opisthodomus, porch, and pronaos.
    • n vestibule In anatomy: A part of the labyrinth of the ear, the common or central cavity, between the semicircular canals and the cochlea, communicating permanently with the former, and temporarily or permanently with the latter, from the proper membranous cavity of which it is generally shut off subsequently, opening into the tympanum or middle ear by the fenestra ovalis, which, however, is closed in life by a membrane. See cuts under car and temporal.
    • n vestibule A triangular space between the nymphæ or labia minora of the human female and some anthropoid apes, containing the orifice of the urethra, or meatus urinarius. More fully called vestibule of the vulva and vestibulum vaginæ.
    • n vestibule A part of the left ventricular cavity of the heart, adjoining the root of the aorta.
    • n vestibule In zoology: A depression of the body-wall of sundry infusorians, as Paramecium and Noctiluca, leading to the oral and sometimes also to the anal aperture, and thus connected, by means of an esophageal canal, with the endosarc. See Vorticella, Noctiluca, and cut under Paramecium.
    • n vestibule In polyzoans, an outer chamber of a cell of the polyzoary, which opens on the surface, and into which, in some forms, the pharynx and anus both open.
    • vestibule To provide with a vestibule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vestibule ves′ti-būl an open court or porch before a house: a hall next the entrance to a house:
    • v.t Vestibule to furnish with a vestibule
    • n Vestibule ves′ti-būl (anat.) a small bony cavity forming part of the ear—also Vestib′-ūlum
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  • Alexander Maclaren
    “Death is but a passage. It is not a house, it is only a vestibule. The grave has a door on its inner side.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vestibulum, of uncertain origin: cf. F. vestibule,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vestibulum—traced by some to ve, apart, stabulum, abode; by others to vestis, garment, as being the place where the outer clothing is put on or off in entering or leaving a house.


In literature:

Returning from the Little Bat Room and Audubon Avenue, we pass again through the vestibule, and enter the Main Cave or Grand Gallery.
"Rambles in the Mammoth Cave, during the Year 1844" by Alexander Clark Bullitt
He reached the hotel and sat down in the vestibule.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
As I was coming down from my room for dinner, I met Madame de Malouet in the vestibule.
"Led Astray and The Sphinx" by Octave Feuillet
The portieres between the room and the vestibule were drawn.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Already he was at the door of the vestibule.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
The English Vestibule is decorated with panels painted by the wimmen of that country.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
This was the inside door, and they stepped into the vestibule.
"Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's" by Laura Lee Hope
The end-vestibules are connected by five longitudinal galleries on each side of the open area in the middle of the building.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
He followed her with his eyes, until he saw her pass into the vestibule.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Switching on the electricity, the vestibule was lit by a red-shaded light, cheerfully welcoming.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

In poetry:

"For when we fellows go to school,
We lose our things, you know;
And in that little vestibule
They do get mixed up so.
"A Long-Felt Want" by Carolyn Wells
The struggles you have made in school,
Today are crowned with honor;
You stand now in a vestibule,
That causes you to ponder.
"Class Valedictorian" by Frank Barbour Coffin
O fairest palace of the three,
Wherein Queen Summer holdeth sway,
I gaze upon your leafy courts
From out the vestibule of May.
"June" by Horatio Alger Jr
Women understand this.
One is not duchess
A hundred yards from a carriage.
These, then are portraits:
A black vestibule;
A high bed sheltered by curtains.
"Theory" by Wallace Stevens
Here on the threshold, the dim vestibule
Thou with a faithful hand didst toil to tune
That harp of praise within the unfolding heart
Which 'neath the temple-arch not made with hands
Swells the full anthem of Eternity.
"Miss Delia Woodruff Godding," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Each battle-flag shall float abroad and fling
A radiance round, as from a new-lit star;
Or light the air about, as when a King
Flashes in armor in his royal car;
And Fame's own vestibule I see inlaid
With their proud images, Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Alyson Chase stands in the vestibule of Sweet Grass Gallery & Gifts in front of several of her handcrafted floorcloths.
He sustained head injuries, and was left bleeding in the vestibule.
48sf, Vestibule 20 sq ft.
In the cramped vestibule of the Providence Hotel, 125 Bowery, three men squat on metal chairs drinking milkless tea.
43 sq ft, 3P/4S, Vestibule 42 sq ft.
A 16-year-old girl was found dead in the vestibule of her aunt's home in The Bronx yesterday.
Germantown woman drives into bank vestibule .
An 81-year-old Germantown woman drove into a bank vestibule Friday morning, police said.
Juvenile xanthogranuloma of the nasal vestibule .
Google Maps A Jersey City man was shot five times in a building vestibule yesterday.
A Jersey City man was shot five times while inside the vestibule of a Greenville building yesterday but he was uncooperative with police officers investigating the shooting, officials said.
The defendant bank historically had either provided security patrols or regularly monitored its security cameras at ATM vestibules in the Boston area for vagrancy, and, when appropriate, security officers were sent to remove individuals.
Primary mucosal desmoplastic melanoma of the nasal vestibule : The second case.
I'm Trapped in an ATM Vestibule with Jill Goodacre.
Ferrara also explained that her inspiration came from the Trent tile vestibules that are found in the area.

In science:

As the local environment changes, the agent variables may flip states to align it with the environment (adaptation), or the variable space may undergo reorganization to express a different set of variables (adjusting priorities and the existence of vestibule organs).
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space