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va·cu·i·ty

 (vă-kyo͞o′ĭ-tē, və-)
n. pl. vac·u·i·ties
1. Total absence of matter; emptiness.
2. An empty space; a vacuum.
3. Total lack of ideas; emptiness of mind.
4. Absence of meaningful occupation; idleness: "the crew, being patient people, much given to slumber and vacuity" (Washington Irving).
5. The quality or fact of being devoid of something specified: a vacuity of taste; a vacuity of emotions.
6. Something, especially a remark, that is pointless or inane: a conversation full of vacuities.

[Middle English vacuite, from Old French, from Latin vacuitās, from vacuus, empty; see vacuum.]

vacuity

(væˈkjuːɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being vacuous; emptiness
2. an empty space or void; vacuum
3. a lack or absence of something specified: a vacuity of wind.
4. lack of normal intelligence or awareness; vacancy: his stare gave an impression of complete vacuity.
5. something, such as a statement, saying, etc, that is inane or pointless
6. (in customs terminology) the difference in volume between the actual contents of a container and its full capacity
[C16: from Latin vacuitās empty space, from vacuus empty]

va•cu•i•ty

(væˈkyu ɪ ti, və-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being vacuous or without contents.
2. absence of thought or intelligence.
3. something inane, senseless, or stupid.
4. an empty space; void.
[1535–45; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vacuity - the absence of matter
emptiness - the state of containing nothing
2.vacuity - a region that is devoid of matter
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
3.vacuity - total lack of meaning or ideasvacuity - total lack of meaning or ideas  
meaninglessness - the quality of having no value or significance; "he resented the meaninglessness of the tasks they assigned him"

vacuity

vacuity

noun
1. Total absence of matter:
2. Empty, unfilled space:
3. A space in an otherwise solid mass:
4. Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance:
Translations
inatividadevacuidadevácuo

vacuity

[væˈkjuːɪtɪ] N (frm)
1. (= vapidity) → vacuidad f
2. vacuities (= silly remarks) → vaciedades fpl

vacuity

[væˈkjuːəti] (formal) nvacuité f

vacuity

n (liter: = lack of intelligence) → Geistlosigkeit f; (= emptiness)Leere f; vacuities (= inane remarks)Plattheiten pl, → Plattitüden pl

vacuity

n. vacuidad, vacío.
References in classic literature ?
But, at last, when turning to the eastward, the Cape winds began howling around us, and we rose and fell upon the long, troubled seas that are there; when the ivory-tusked Pequod sharply bowed to the blast, and gored the dark waves in her madness, till, like showers of silver chips, the foam-flakes flew over her bulwarks; then all this desolate vacuity of life went away, but gave place to sights more dismal than before.
At length he hears An old-world tale: an Island of the Blest* -- So runs the legend -- in mid-ocean lies In realms of blue vacuity, too faint To be described; there gaily coloured towers Rise up like rainbow clouds, and many gentle And beautiful Immortals pass their days In peace.
It had that typical vagueness which is not vacuity, that blankness which is not simplicity, that look of being committed to nothing in particular, of standing in an attitude of general hospitality to the chances of life, of being very much at one's own disposal so characteristic of many American faces.
As he crossed the threshold he was met by old Lisabetta, who smirked and smiled, and was evidently desirous to attract his attention; vainly, however, as the ebullition of his feelings had momentarily subsided into a cold and dull vacuity.
The sky wore, in another colour, the same likeness; a white vacuity of countenance with the lineaments gone.
A look of dull disappointment struggled with the vacuity of his face.
What I write, whilst I write it, seems the most natural thing in the world; but yesterday I saw a dreary vacuity in this direction in which now I see so much; and a month hence, I doubt not, I shall wonder who he was that wrote so many continuous pages.
Perhaps some infatuated swain has ere this mistaken insensibility for modesty, dulness for maiden reserve, mere vacuity for sweet bashfulness, and a goose, in a word, for a swan.
The great traveller became quite interested in sounding the immense vacuity of my dulness to its lowest depths.
During this profound and soothing communion with his innermost beliefs he remained staring at the carpet, with a portentously solemn face and with a dull vacuity of eyes that seemed to gaze into the blankness of an empty hole.
He was tired, and he experienced that state of mental vacuity which comes at the end of an exhaustive discussion that has liberated some belief matured in the course of meditative years.
In the lull consequent on the departure--in that first vacuity which ensues on every separation, foreshadowing the great separation that is always overhanging all mankind--Arthur stood at his desk, looking dreamily out at a gleam of sun.