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va·pour

 (vā′pər)
n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of vapor.

vapour

(ˈveɪpə) or

vapor

n
1. (General Physics) particles of moisture or other substance suspended in air and visible as clouds, smoke, etc
2. (General Physics) a gaseous substance at a temperature below its critical temperature. Compare gas3
3. (General Physics) a substance that is in a gaseous state at a temperature below its boiling point
4. rare something fanciful that lacks substance or permanence
5. the vapours archaic a depressed mental condition believed originally to be the result of vaporous exhalations from the stomach
vb
6. (General Physics) to evaporate or cause to evaporate; vaporize
7. (intr) to make vain empty boasts; brag
[C14: from Latin vapor]
ˈvapourable, ˈvaporable adj
ˌvapouraˈbility, ˌvaporaˈbility n
ˈvapourer, ˈvaporer n
ˈvapourish, ˈvaporish adj
ˈvapourless, ˈvaporless adj
ˈvapour-ˌlike, ˈvapor-ˌlike adj
ˈvapoury, ˈvapory adj

va•por

(ˈveɪ pər)
n.
1. a visible exhalation, as fog or smoke, suspended in the air.
2. a substance in gaseous form that is below its critical temperature.
3. a substance converted into vapor for technical or medicinal uses.
4. a combination of a vaporized substance and air.
5. gaseous particles of drugs that can be inhaled as a therapeutic agent.
6. Archaic.
a. a strange, senseless, or fantastic notion.
b. something insubstantial.
7. vapors, Archaic.
a. mental depression or hypochondria.
b. injurious exhalations supposed to be produced within the body, esp. in the stomach.
v.i.
8. to rise in the form of vapor.
9. to emit vapor.
10. to talk pompously.
Also, esp. Brit., vapour.
[1325–75; < Latin vapor steam]
va′por•a•ble, adj.
va`por•a•bil′i•ty, n.
va′por•er, n.
va′por•less, adj.
va′por•y, adj.

vapour


Past participle: vapoured
Gerund: vapouring

Imperative
vapour
vapour
Present
I vapour
you vapour
he/she/it vapours
we vapour
you vapour
they vapour
Preterite
I vapoured
you vapoured
he/she/it vapoured
we vapoured
you vapoured
they vapoured
Present Continuous
I am vapouring
you are vapouring
he/she/it is vapouring
we are vapouring
you are vapouring
they are vapouring
Present Perfect
I have vapoured
you have vapoured
he/she/it has vapoured
we have vapoured
you have vapoured
they have vapoured
Past Continuous
I was vapouring
you were vapouring
he/she/it was vapouring
we were vapouring
you were vapouring
they were vapouring
Past Perfect
I had vapoured
you had vapoured
he/she/it had vapoured
we had vapoured
you had vapoured
they had vapoured
Future
I will vapour
you will vapour
he/she/it will vapour
we will vapour
you will vapour
they will vapour
Future Perfect
I will have vapoured
you will have vapoured
he/she/it will have vapoured
we will have vapoured
you will have vapoured
they will have vapoured
Future Continuous
I will be vapouring
you will be vapouring
he/she/it will be vapouring
we will be vapouring
you will be vapouring
they will be vapouring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vapouring
you have been vapouring
he/she/it has been vapouring
we have been vapouring
you have been vapouring
they have been vapouring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vapouring
you will have been vapouring
he/she/it will have been vapouring
we will have been vapouring
you will have been vapouring
they will have been vapouring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vapouring
you had been vapouring
he/she/it had been vapouring
we had been vapouring
you had been vapouring
they had been vapouring
Conditional
I would vapour
you would vapour
he/she/it would vapour
we would vapour
you would vapour
they would vapour
Past Conditional
I would have vapoured
you would have vapoured
he/she/it would have vapoured
we would have vapoured
you would have vapoured
they would have vapoured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vapour - a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substancevapour - a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance
suspension - a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
steam - water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
water vapor, water vapour - water in a vaporous form diffused in the atmosphere but below boiling temperature
2.vapour - the process of becoming a vaporvapour - the process of becoming a vapor  
boiling - the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas
clouding, clouding up - the process whereby water particles become visible in the sky
phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change - a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition
smoke, smoking - a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion; "the fire produced a tower of black smoke that could be seen for miles"

vapour

noun mist, fog, haze, smoke, breath, steam, fumes, dampness, miasma, exhalation a cloud of poisonous vapour
Translations
بُخاربُخار او دُخان في الهَواء
páravýpary
=-dampdampem
aur
höyry
gufamistur
dūmakagaraiņimiglatvaiks

vapour

vapor (US) [ˈveɪpəʳ]
A. N (= steam) → vapor m; (on breath, window) → vaho m
the vapours (Med) (o.f.) → los vapores
B. CPD vapour trail N (Aer) → estela f (de humo)

vapour

[ˈveɪpər] (British) vapor (US) nvapeur f
water vapour → vapeur f d'eauvapour trail (British) vapor trail (US) ntraînée f de condensation

vapour

, (US) vapor
nDunst m; (Phys also) → Gas nt; (steamy) → Dampf m; the vapours (Med old) → Schwermut f; thick vapours around the planeteine dichte Dunsthülle um den Planeten

vapour

vapor (Am) [ˈveɪpəʳ] nvapore m

vapour

(American) vapor (ˈveipə) noun
1. the gas-like form into which a substance can be changed by heating. water vapour.
2. mist, fumes or smoke in the air. Near the marshes the air was filled with a strange-smelling vapour.
ˈvaporize, ˈvaporise verb
to (cause to) change into a gas-like state.
References in classic literature ?
These canisters smashed on striking the ground--they did not explode--and incontinently disengaged an enormous volume of heavy, inky vapour, coiling and pour- ing upward in a huge and ebony cumulus cloud, a gaseous hill that sank and spread itself slowly over the surrounding country.
But that was at Street Cobham, where the black vapour was allowed to remain until it sank of its own accord into the ground.
And never a flake That the vapour can make With the moon-tints of purple and pearl, Can vie with the modest Eulalie's most unregarded curl - Can compare with the bright-eyed Eulalie's most humble and careless curl.
Waiting for some reply, I looked about me, noticing how the sluice was abandoned and broken, and how the house - of wood with a tiled roof - would not be proof against the weather much longer, if it were so even now, and how the mud and ooze were coated with lime, and how the choking vapour of the kiln crept in a ghostly way towards me.
I knew that when I was changed into a part of the vapour that had crept towards me but a little while before, like my own warning ghost, he would do as he had done in my sister's case - make all haste to the town, and be seen slouching about there, drinking at the ale-houses.
But where Silver stood with his lieutenant, all was still in shadow, and they waded knee-deep in a low white vapour that had crawled during the night out of the morass.
I saw trees growing and changing like puffs of vapour, now brown, now green; they grew, spread, shivered, and passed away.
So long as I travelled at a high velocity through time, this scarcely mattered; I was, so to speak, attenuated--was slipping like a vapour through the interstices of intervening substances
Now, the clustered roofs, and piles of buildings, trembling with the working of engines, and dimly resounding with their shrieks and throbbings; the tall chimneys vomiting forth a black vapour, which hung in a dense ill-favoured cloud above the housetops and filled the air with gloom; the clank of hammers beating upon iron, the roar of busy streets and noisy crowds, gradually augmenting until all the various sounds blended into one and none was distinguishable for itself, announced the termination of their journey.
As the child could not endure the intolerable vapours of the cabin, they covered her, in return for her exertions, with some pieces of sail-cloth and ends of tarpaulin, which sufficed to keep her tolerably dry and to shelter her grandfather besides.
The dream--and diction--of a God, did the world then seem to me; coloured vapours before the eyes of a divinely dissatisfied one.
Good and evil, and joy and woe, and I and thou--coloured vapours did they seem to me before creative eyes.