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  • IPA(key): /vɔɪd/, sometimes /vwɑːd/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪd, sometimes /ɑːd/

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed 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; vacant; not occupied; not filled.
    • Bible, Genesis i. 2
      The earth was without form, and void.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll get me to a place more void.
    • Massinger
      I'll chain him in my study, that, at void hours, / I may run over the story of his country.
  2. Having no incumbent; unoccupied; said of offices etc.
  3. Being without; destitute; devoid.
    • Bible, Proverbs xi. 12
      He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor.
  4. Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
    • Bible, Isa. lv. 11
      [My word] shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.
    • Bible, Jer. xix. 7
      I will make void the counsel of Judah.
  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.
    • Alexander Pope
      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.


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.
    • Alexander Pope
      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.
  • ((engineering) collection of vacancies): pore
  • ((engineering) pocket of vapour in fluid): bubble


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.
    • Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674)
      It was become a practice [] to void the security that was at any time given for money so borrowed.
    • Bishop Burnet (1643-1715)
      after they had voided the obligation of the oath he had taken
  2. (transitive, medicine) To empty.
    void one’s bowels
  3. To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge.
    to void excrement
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To withdraw, depart.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter 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.


Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit



  1. third-person singular indicative present form of veoir