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  • IPA(key): /vɔɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪd
  • Hyphenation: void

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English voide, voyde, from Old French vuit, voide, vuide (modern vide), in turn from a Vulgar Latin *vocitus, related to Latin vacuus (empty).


void (not comparable)

  1. Containing nothing; empty; not occupied or filled.
  2. Having no incumbent; unoccupied; said of offices etc.
  3. Being without; destitute; devoid.
  4. Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
  5. Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification.
    null and void
  6. Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul.
    • 1728, Pope, Alexander, “Book II”, in The Dunciad; republished in The Complete Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Boston, New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902, page 231:
      And senseless words she gave, and sounding strain, / But senseless, lifeless! idol void and vain!
  7. (computing, programming, of a function or method) That does not return a value.
    • 2005, Craig Larman, Applying UML and patterns:
      In particular, the roll method is void — it has no return value.
    • 2007, Andrew Krause, Foundations of GTK+ Development:
      The return value can safely be ignored if it is a void function.


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void (plural voids)

  1. An empty space; a vacuum.
    Nobody has crossed the void since one man died trying three hundred years ago; it's high time we had another go.
    • 1711, Pope, Alexander, “Part II”, in An Essay on Criticism, lines 9–10; republished in The Complete Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Boston, New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902, page 70:
      Pride, where Wit fails, steps in to our defence, / And fills up all the mighty void of Sense.
  2. (astronomy) An extended region of space containing no galaxies
  3. (materials science) A collection of adjacent vacancies inside a crystal lattice.
  4. (fluid mechanics) A pocket of vapour inside a fluid flow, created by cavitation.
  5. (construction) An empty space between floors or walls, including false separations and planned gaps between a building and its facade.
  • ((engineering) collection of vacancies): pore
  • ((engineering) pocket of vapour in fluid): bubble
  • ((astronomy) An extended region of space containing no galaxies): Local Void


void (third-person singular simple present voids, present participle voiding, simple past and past participle voided)

  1. (transitive) To make invalid or worthless.
    He voided the check and returned it.
  2. (transitive, medicine) To empty.
    void one’s bowels
  3. To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge.
    to void excrement
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur
    • 1612, John Webster, The White Devil
      With shovel, like a fury, voided out / The earth and scattered bones.
    • a. 1692, Isaac Barrow, The Danger and Mischief of Delaying Repentance
      a watchful application of mind in voiding prejudices
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To withdraw, depart.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “xvj”, in Le Morte Darthur, book I:
      BY than come in to the feld kynge Ban as fyers as a lyon [] / Ha a said kyng Lot we must be discomfyte / for yonder I see the moste valyaunt knyght of the world / and the man of the most renoume / for suche ij bretheren as is kyng Ban & kyng bors ar not lyuynge / wherfore we must nedes voyde or deye
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave.
    to void a table

Etymology 2Edit

Alteration of voidee.


void (plural voids)

  1. (now rare, historical) A voidee. [from 15th c.]
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 68:
      Late on the final evening, as the customary ‘void’ – spiced wine and sweetmeats – was served, more elaborate disguisings in the great hall culminated in the release of a flock of white doves.


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  1. third-person singular indicative present of veoir