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Vacuum

Vacuum

WordNet



noun


(1)   An electrical home appliance that cleans by suction
(2)   A region that is devoid of matter
(3)   An empty area or space
"The huge desert voids"
"The emptiness of outer space"
"Without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum"
(4)   The absence of matter

verb


(5)   Clean with a vacuum cleaner
"Vacuum the carpets"
Wiktonary



Etymology


From vacuum noun use of neuter of vacuus (empty) related to vacare (be empty).

Noun



  1. A region of space that contains no matter.
  2. A vacuum cleaner.

Usage notes

  • In the sense of "a region of space that contains no matter", the plural of vacuum is either vacua or vacuums. In the sense of a "vacuum cleaner" vacuums is the only plural.
  • In the sense of in a vacuum; in free space the Latin in vacuo is used.

Verb



  1. To clean (something) with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. To use a vacuum cleaner.