• WordNet 3.6
    • adj void containing nothing "the earth was without form, and void"
    • adj void lacking any legal or binding force "null and void"
    • v void excrete or discharge from the body
    • v void take away the legal force of or render ineffective "invalidate a contract"
    • v void clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place or receptacle) of something "The chemist voided the glass bottle","The concert hall was voided of the audience"
    • v void declare invalid "The contract was annulled","void a plea"
    • n void an empty area or space "the huge desert voids","the emptiness of outer space","without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum"
    • n void the state of nonexistence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Void An empty space; a vacuum. "Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defense,
      And fills up all the mighty void of sense."
    • Void Being without; destitute; free; wanting; devoid; as, void of learning, or of common use. "A conscience void of offense toward God.""He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor."
    • Void Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul. "Idol, void and vain."
    • Void Containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled. "The earth was without form, and void .""I 'll get me to a place more void .""I 'll chain him in my study, that, at void hours,
      I may run over the story of his country."
    • Void Having no incumbent; unoccupied; -- said of offices and the like. "Divers great offices that had been long void ."
    • Void Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain. "My word] shall not return to me void , but it shall accomplish that which I please.""I will make void the counsel of Judah."
    • Void (Law) Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification; null. Cf. Voidable, 2.
    • v. i Void To be emitted or evacuated.
    • Void To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave; as, to void a table. "Void anon her place.""If they will fight with us, bid them come down,
      Or void the field."
    • Void To render void; to make to be of no validity or effect; to vacate; to annul; to nullify. "After they had voided the obligation of the oath he had taken.""It was become a practice . . . to void the security that was at any time given for money so borrowed."
    • Void To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge; as, to void excrements. "A watchful application of mind in voiding prejudices.""With shovel, like a fury, voided out
      The earth and scattered bones."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • void Empty, or not containing matter; vacant; not occupied; unfilled: as, a void space or place.
    • void Having no holder or possessor; vacant; unoccupied; without incumbent.
    • void Not taken up with business; leisure.
    • void Being without; devoid; destitute; lacking; without; free from: usually with of: as, void of learning; void of common sense.
    • void Not producing any effect; ineffectual; useless; vain; superfluous.
    • void Specifically, in law, without legal efficacy; incapable of being enforced by law; having no legal or binding force; null; not effectual to bind parties, or to convey or support a right: as, a deed not duly signed and sealed is void; a promise without consideration is void. In strictness the word is appropriate only of that which is so utterly without effect that a person may act as if it did not exist; but a thing may be void as to some persons and not as to others. Void is, however, often used in place of voidable. Voidable is appropriate for that which a person has the right to make of no effect by application to court to have it adjudged void, or in some cases by notice or declaration, as a conveyance in fraud of creditors which is etfectual between the parties, but may be avoided by a creditor, or a contract of an infant, which may be effectual until he has disaffirmed it. That which is void is generally held incapable of confirmation; that which is simply voidable may be confirmed.
    • void Devoid of wealth; poor.
    • void =Syn. 1, 2, and , Devoid, etc. See vacant.
    • void Invalid.
    • n void An empty or unoccupied space; a vacuum.
    • n void An opening; a solution of continuity in an inclosure of any kind; a space unfilled or not built up, as contrasted with closed or occupied areas.
    • n void The last course or remove; the dessert.
    • void To make or leave vacant; quit; vacate; depart from; leave; hence, to clear; free; empty.
    • void To emit, throw, or send out; empty out; specifically, to evacuate from the intestine or bladder: as, to void excrementitious matter.
    • void To lay aside; cease to use; divest one's self of.
    • void To invalidate; annul; nullify; render of no validity or effect.
    • void To avoid; shun.
    • void To dismiss; send away.
    • void To go; depart.
    • void To have an evacuation.
    • void To be emitted or evacuated. Wiseman, Surgery. [Rare.] To become empty or vaçant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Void void unoccupied: empty: destitute (with of): having no binding force: wanting: unsubstantial
    • n Void an empty space
    • v.t Void to make vacant: to quit: to send out, emit, empty out: to render of no effect, to nullify:
    • v.t Void (Spens.) to lay aside, divest one's self of
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  • Paul Valery
    “If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. nothing in the paper today , we sigh.”
  • Sallust
    “All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.”
  • Paul Klee
    “Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.”
  • Voltaire
    “Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.”
  • Seneca
    “Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself.”


Null and void - If something's null and void, it is invalid or is no longer applicable.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. voide, OF. voit, voide, vuit, vuide, F. vide, fr. (assumed) LL. vocitus, fr. L. vocare, an old form of vacare, to be empty, or a kindred word. Cf. Vacant Avoid


In literature:

Once more Slone peered down into the void or what seemed a void.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
He shakes his threshing, intolerable mane of flames, his face bans darkness and makes a burning void in his domains.
"The Masque of the Elements" by Herman Scheffauer
Far, far across the void sounded those despairing frenzied shrieks.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
Of the rest of his life he remembered little; a void of tedium broken only by monetary worries.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Saka means era, epoch, or date, and Suna means void, without.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Her eyes were as hard to him, as hard and expressionless and void of recognition, as the eyes of a statue.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
They are void, however, of one virtue of our rattlesnakes; they will stab a man to the heart without giving him any warning.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
Voids and openings appear.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The first way of easing is in those Places where there are void spaces, as above Doors or Windows.
"An Abridgment of the Architecture of Vitruvius" by Vitruvius

In poetry:

Pity the child who never feels
A mother's fond caress;
That childish smile a void conceals
Of aching loneliness.
"Missed." by Alfred Castner King
Blessed home where baby comes,
What a void without her;
Joy and love and sunshine bright,
Lingers all about her.
"Beatrice" by Ella Fraser Weller
It is death between two lives,
And lull between two storms,
The void whence rose creation,
And that where it returns.
"Peace" by Swami Vivekananda
I envy not in any moods
The captive void of noble rage,
The linnet born within the cage,
That never knew the summer woods:
"In Memoriam 16: I envy not in any moods" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Something in your little ways
Wins me more than love or praise.
You have gone, and I feel still
Void I somehow cannot fill.
"To Beatrice Stuart--Wortley Ætat" by Alfred Austin
'The after-silence, when the feast is o'er,
And void the places where the minstrels stood,
Differs in nought from what hath been before,
And is nor ill nor good.'
"The Great Misgiving" by William Watson

In news:

Hawaiian Airlines' corporate parent, filling the only void in its interisland service, plans to inaugurate flights to Molokai and Lanai next year with its newly established turboprop operation.
Expo Chicago jumps into our world-class-art-fair void.
Natural Person CUs Say Corporates Still Fill In Voids.
With football season concluded it may feel like we've entered a dark void.
I was watching the news, because nothing fills an aching void as well as news, except perhaps for game shows.
Yimou turns the Coen brothers into a stunning void.
The winless Washington Wizards have waived Jannero Pargo and signed free-agent guard Shaun Livingston, bringing back a player they hope can help fill the void until John Wall returns from injury.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The winless Washington Wizards waived Jannero Pargo and signed free-agent guard Shaun Livingston on Thursday, bringing back a player they hope can help fill the void until John Wall returns from injury.
WASHINGTON — The winless Washington Wizards waived Jannero Pargo and signed free-agent guard Shaun Livingston on Thursday, bringing back a player they hope can help fill the void until John Wall returns from injury.
Multilingualism has stepped in to fill the bilingual void.
Major League Baseball is standing its ground against the McCourt ownership of the Dodgers, rejecting the proposed Fox television rights deal for the Dodgers and rendering Friday's divorce settlement between Frank and Jamie McCourt void.
A Growing Void Where Facts Were Once Checked .
The Lucia tapped one of Portland's best and most well-known chefs , Vitaly Paley, to fill the void.
Appellate court denies injunction in Westchester child care case, voids restraining order.
Times change and voiding old laws acknowledges that.

In science:

Indeed, there exists a high-B region in the P − ˙P diagram (Figs.1,6) void of radiopulsars.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
In particular our simulation indicates that 20% of mass is distributed in voids, which occupy 85% of volume in the universe.
The Probability Distribution Function of Light in the Universe: Results from Hydrodynamic Simulations
The void distribution function, which depends on all higher order distributions, has received some attention (e.g.
The Probability Distribution Function of Light in the Universe: Results from Hydrodynamic Simulations
This is identified as the “void phenomenon” in the CDM universe.
The Probability Distribution Function of Light in the Universe: Results from Hydrodynamic Simulations
Let us consider voids defined in observations.
The Probability Distribution Function of Light in the Universe: Results from Hydrodynamic Simulations