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vault    : [v'ɔlt]
Vault \Vault\, v. i. [Cf. OF. volter, F. voltiger, It. voltare
to turn. See {Vault}, n., 4.]
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1. To leap; to bound; to jump; to spring.
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Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself. --Shak.
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Leaning on his lance, he vaulted on a tree.
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Lucan vaulted upon Pegasus with all the heat and
intrepidity of youth. --Addison.
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2. To exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping; to tumble.
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Vault \Vault\ (v[add]lt; see Note, below), n. [OE. voute, OF.
voute, volte, F. vo[^u]te, 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}.]
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1. (Arch.) An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling
or canopy.
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The long-drawn aisle and fretted vault. --Gray.
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2. 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." --Milton.
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The silent vaults of death. --Sandys.
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To banish rats that haunt our vault. --Swift.
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3. The canopy of heaven; the sky.
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That heaven's vault should crack. --Shak.
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4. [F. volte, It. volta, originally, a turn, and the same
word as volta an arch. See the Etymology above.] A leap or
bound. Specifically:
(a) (Man.) The bound or leap of a horse; a curvet.
(b) A leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard,
or the like.
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Note: The l in this word was formerly often suppressed in
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{Barrel vault}, {Cradle vault}, {Cylindrical vault}, or
{Wagon vault} (Arch.), a kind of vault having two parallel
abutments, and the same section or profile at all points.
It may be rampant, as over a staircase (see {Rampant
vault}, under {Rampant}), or curved in plan, as around the
apse of a church.

{Coved vault}. (Arch.) See under 1st {Cove}, v. t.

{Groined vault} (Arch.), a vault having groins, that is, one
in which different cylindrical surfaces intersect one
another, as distinguished from a barrel, or wagon, vault.

{Rampant vault}. (Arch.) See under {Rampant}.

{Ribbed vault} (Arch.), a vault differing from others in
having solid ribs which bear the weight of the vaulted
surface. True Gothic vaults are of this character.

{Vault light}, a partly glazed plate inserted in a pavement
or ceiling to admit light to a vault below.
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Vault \Vault\ (v[add]lt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vaulted}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Vaulting}.] [OE. vouten, OF. volter, vouter, F.
vo[^u]ter. See {Vault} an arch.]
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1. 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.
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The shady arch that vaulted the broad green alley.
--Sir W.
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2. [See {Vault}, v. i.] To leap over; esp., to leap over by
aid of the hands or a pole; as, to vault a fence.
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I will vault credit, and affect high pleasures.
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n 1: a burial chamber (usually underground) [synonym: {vault},
{burial vault}]
2: a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for
safekeeping of valuables [synonym: {vault}, {bank vault}]
3: an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof
4: the act of jumping over an obstacle [synonym: {vault}, {hurdle}]
v 1: jump across or leap over (an obstacle) [synonym: {vault},
2: bound vigorously

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arcade, arcature, arch, arched roof, archives, archway, armory,
arsenal, ascend, ascension, ascent, attic, azure, bank, barrow,
basement, bay, beehive tomb, bend, bend back, bin, blue sky,
bob up, bonded warehouse, bone house, bookcase, booth, bounce,
bound, bow, box, box grave, break water, broad jump, buck,
buckjump, bunker, burial, burial chamber, burial mound, bursary,
buttery, caelum, camber, canopy, canopy of heaven, capriole,
cargo dock, cash register, cashbox, catacomb, catacombs, cavity,
ceilinged roof, cell, cellar, cellule, cenotaph, cerulean, chamber,
charnel house, chest, cist, cist grave, clamber, clear, climb,
climbing, closet, coffer, coin box, compartment, concameration,
concha, conservatory, cope, cove, crate, crib, cromlech, crook,
crypt, cupboard, cupola, curl, curve, curvet, decurve, deep six,
deflect, demivolt, depository, depot, dock, dokhma, dolmen, dome,
drawer, dump, elevation, embow, empyrean, enclosed space, escalade,
ether, exchequer, firmament, fisc, flex, float up, fly up,
flying jump, fountain, galliard, gelandesprung, geodesic dome,
glory hole, godown, gold depository, grand jete, grave, gush,
gyring up, handspring, heaven, heavens, high jump, hippety-hop,
hold, hole, hollow, hook, hop, house of death, hump, hunch, hurdle,
hutch, hyaline, igloo, increase, incurvate, incurve, inflect, jet,
jete, jig, jump, jump over, jump shot, jump turn, jump up,
jump-hop, jump-off, keystone, last home, lavolta, leap, leap over,
leap up, leapfrog, levitation, library, lift, lifts, locker,
long home, long jump, loop, lop, low green tent, low house,
lumber room, lumberyard, magasin, magazine, manger, mastaba,
mausoleum, money chest, monstrance, morris, mount, mounting,
mummy chamber, narrow house, negotiate, ogive, ossuarium, ossuary,
over, overjump, overleap, overskip, passage grave, penny bank, pew,
piggy bank, pit, pole vault, pop up, pork barrel, pounce,
pounce on, pounce upon, public crib, public till, public treasury,
public trough, pyramid, rack, recurve, reflect, reflex, reliquary,
repertory, repository, reservoir, resting place, retroflex, rick,
rise, rising, rocket, rocketing up, round, running broad jump,
running high jump, safe, safe-deposit box, sag, saltation,
saut de basque, sepulcher, shaft grave, shelf, shoot up,
shooting up, shrine, skewback, ski jump, skip, sky, skyrocket,
soar, soaring, span, spout, spring, spring up, spurt, stack,
stack room, stall, starry heaven, start, start aside, start up,
steeplechase, stock room, storage, store, storehouse, storeroom,
strong room, strongbox, stupa, subtreasury, supply base,
supply depot, surface, surge, surmount, swag, sweep, takeoff,
taking off, tank, the blue, the blue serene, till, tomb, tope,
tour jete, tower of silence, treasure house, treasure room,
treasure-house, treasury, tumulus, turn, upclimb, upcoming, updive,
updraft, upgang, upgo, upgoing, upgrade, upgrowth, uphill, upleap,
uplift, upping, uprisal, uprise, uprising, uprush, upshoot,
upslope, upspear, upspring, upstart, upsurge, upsurgence, upsweep,
upswing, vat, vault of heaven, vault up, vaulting, voussoir,
warehouse, welkin, wind, wine cellar, zooming

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