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From Middle English vapour, from Anglo-Norman vapour, Old French vapor, from Latin vapor (steam, heat).

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vapor (plural vapors) (American spelling)

  1. Cloudy diffused matter such as mist, steam or fumes suspended in the air.
    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid:
      The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. [] Drifts of yellow vapour, fiery, parching, stinging, filled the air.
  2. The gaseous state of a substance that is normally a solid or liquid.
    • 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      Surprisingly, this analysis revealed that acute exposure to solvent vapors at concentrations below those associated with long-term effects appears to increase the risk of a fatal automobile accident. Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
  3. Something insubstantial, fleeting, or transitory; unreal fancy; vain imagination; idle talk; boasting.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, James 4:14:
      For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
    • 1781, Horace Walpole, :
      I am at this present very sick of my little vapour of fame.
    • 1822, Charles Perkins, An Oration, page 19:
      The press operates as a safety-valve for the vapor of popular ebullision.
    • 1875, Albert Barnes, Notes, Explanatory and Practical, on the General Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude, page 80:
      The previous question had turned the attention to life as something peculiarly frail, and as of such a nature that no calculation could be based on its permanence. This expression gives a reason for that, to wit, that it is a mere vapor.
    • 1999, Martin Heidegger, An Introduction to Metaphysics, page 50:
      Here we can explain only in these broad outlines why the asking of the question of being is in itself through and through historical, and why, accordingly, our question as to whether being will remain a mere vapor for us or become the destiny of the West is anything but an exaggeration and a rhetorical figure.
  4. (dated) Any medicinal agent designed for administration in the form of inhaled vapour.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Brit. Pharm to this entry?)
  5. (archaic, in the plural) Hypochondria; melancholy; the blues; hysteria, or other nervous disorder.
  6. (obsolete) Wind; flatulence.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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vapor (third-person singular simple present vapors, present participle vaporing, simple past and past participle vapored) (American spelling)

  1. (intransitive) To become vapor; to be emitted or circulated as vapor.
  2. (transitive) To turn into vapor.
    to vapor away a heated fluid
    • 1617, Ben Jonson, Lovers Made Men
      He'd [] laugh to see one throw his heart away, / Another, sighing, vapour forth his soul.
  3. To emit vapor or fumes.
    • 1631, [Francis Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      Running waters vapour not so much as standing waters.
  4. (intransitive) To use insubstantial language; to boast or bluster.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Bisara of Pooree’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005, p. 172:
      He vapoured, and fretted, and fumed, and trotted up and down, and tried to make himself pleasing in Miss Hollis's big, quiet, grey eyes, and failed.
    • 1904, “Saki”, ‘Reginald's Christmas Revel’, Reginald:
      then the Major gave us a graphic account of a struggle he had with a wounded bear. I privately wished that the bears would win sometimes on these occasions; at least they wouldn't go vapouring about it afterwards.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 1, [1]
      [] an amusing character all but extinct now, but occasionally to be encountered [] vaporing in the groggeries along the tow-path.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 513:
      He felt he would start vapouring with devotion if this went on, so he bruptly took his leave with a cold expression on his face which dismayed her for she thought that it was due to distain for her artistic opinions.
  5. (transitive) To give (someone) the vapors; to depress, to bore.
    • 1782, Frances Burney, Cecilia, III.vi.9:
      “I only mean,” cried she, giddily, “that he might have some place a little more pleasant to live in, for really that old moat and draw-bridge are enough to vapour him to death […].”

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AlbanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From vapë (hot weather) +‎ -or noun suffix.

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vapor ?

  1. steamboat

AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin vapor.

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vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. vapor

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From Latin vapor.

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vapor m (plural vapors)

  1. vapor, steam

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin vapor.

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vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. vapor

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vapor m (Latin spelling)

  1. ship, steamer

LatinEdit

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Uncertain, but possibly related to Ancient Greek καπνός (kapnós, smoke) and Proto-Indo-European *kʷep- (to smoke, boil, move violently), via an older form *quapor that eventually lost its velar.[1] See also hope.

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vapor m (genitive vapōris); third declension

  1. steam, exhalation, vapour; smoke
  2. warm exhalation, warmth, heat
  3. ardour of love, warmth

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Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vapor vapōrēs
Genitive vapōris vapōrum
Dative vapōrī vapōribus
Accusative vapōrem vapōrēs
Ablative vapōre vapōribus
Vocative vapor vapōrēs

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  • Asturian: vapor
  • Catalan: vapor
  • English: vapor
  • French: vapeur
  • Galician: vapor

ReferencesEdit

  • vapor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vapor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • vapor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  1. ^ Colarusso, Further Etymologies Between Indo-European and Northwest Caucasian

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vapor

  1. Alternative form of vapour

Old FrenchEdit

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vapor f (oblique plural vapors, nominative singular vapor, nominative plural vapors)

  1. Alternative form of vapeur

PiedmonteseEdit

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vapor m (plural vapor)

  1. vapor, steam

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin vapor.

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vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. vapor / vapour

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  • vapor” in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Italian vapore, French vapeur.

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vapor n (plural vapoare)

  1. boat, ship

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin vapor.

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  • IPA(key): /baˈpoɾ/, [baˈpoɾ]
  • Rhymes: -oɾ
  • Hyphenation: va‧por

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vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. steam, vapor (water vapor)

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