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A town of central Colorado west of Denver near Vail Mountain, a peak about 3,432 m (11,260 ft) high. It is a popular ski area and mountain resort.


v. vailed, vail·ing, vails Archaic
1. To lower (a banner, for example).
2. To doff (one's hat) as a token of respect or submission.
1. To descend; lower.
2. To doff one's hat.

[Middle English valen, short for avalen, from Old French avaler, from aval, downward, from Latin ad vallem, to the valley : ad, to; see ad- + vallem, accusative of vallēs, valley; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]
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vb (tr)
1. to lower (something, such as a weapon), esp as a sign of deference or submission
2. to remove (the hat, cap, etc) as a mark of respect or meekness
[c14 valen, from obsolete avalen, from Old French avaler to let fall, from Latin ad vallem, literally: to the valley, that is, down, from ad to + vallis valley]


n, vb
an archaic word for avail


n, vb
an archaic spelling of veil
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Archaic. to take off or doff (one's hat), as in respect.
[1300–50; Middle English valen, aph. variant of avalen < Middle French avaler to move down]


Obs. n.
1. a veil.
2. to veil.
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Past participle: vailed
Gerund: vailing

I vail
you vail
he/she/it vails
we vail
you vail
they vail
I vailed
you vailed
he/she/it vailed
we vailed
you vailed
they vailed
Present Continuous
I am vailing
you are vailing
he/she/it is vailing
we are vailing
you are vailing
they are vailing
Present Perfect
I have vailed
you have vailed
he/she/it has vailed
we have vailed
you have vailed
they have vailed
Past Continuous
I was vailing
you were vailing
he/she/it was vailing
we were vailing
you were vailing
they were vailing
Past Perfect
I had vailed
you had vailed
he/she/it had vailed
we had vailed
you had vailed
they had vailed
I will vail
you will vail
he/she/it will vail
we will vail
you will vail
they will vail
Future Perfect
I will have vailed
you will have vailed
he/she/it will have vailed
we will have vailed
you will have vailed
they will have vailed
Future Continuous
I will be vailing
you will be vailing
he/she/it will be vailing
we will be vailing
you will be vailing
they will be vailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vailing
you have been vailing
he/she/it has been vailing
we have been vailing
you have been vailing
they have been vailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vailing
you will have been vailing
he/she/it will have been vailing
we will have been vailing
you will have been vailing
they will have been vailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vailing
you had been vailing
he/she/it had been vailing
we had been vailing
you had been vailing
they had been vailing
I would vail
you would vail
he/she/it would vail
we would vail
you would vail
they would vail
Past Conditional
I would have vailed
you would have vailed
he/she/it would have vailed
we would have vailed
you would have vailed
they would have vailed
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References in classic literature ?
Vail, took his seat as General Manager in a tiny office in Reade Street, New York, and the building of the business began.
This arrival of Vail at the critical moment emphasized the fact that Bell was one of the most fortunate of inventors.
He was a member of the historic Vail family of Morristown, New Jersey, which had operated the Speedwell Iron Works for four or five generations.
Thus it happened that young Theodore Vail learned the dramatic story of Morse at his mother's knee.
Vail found himself painting brain-pictures of the future of the telephone, and by the time that he was asked to become its General Manager, he had become so confident that, as he said afterwards, he "was willing to leave a Government job with a small salary for a telephone job with no salary."
Vail left the post office service to establish the telephone business.
Vail's first step, naturally, was to stiffen up the backbone of this little company, and to prevent the Western Union from frightening it into a surrender.
Next, having encouraged his thoroughly alarmed agents, Vail proceeded to build up a definite business policy.
These various measures were part of Vail's plan to create a national telephone system.
Vail arrived very much as Blucher did at the battle of Waterloo--a trifle late, but in time to prevent the telephone forces from being routed by the Old Guard of the Western Union.
The next place the guide took us to in the holy church was an altar dedicated to the Roman soldier who was of the military guard that attended at the Crucifixion to keep order, and who--when the vail of the Temple was rent in the awful darkness that followed; when the rock of Golgotha was split asunder by an earthquake; when the artillery of heaven thundered, and in the baleful glare of the lightnings the shrouded dead flitted about the streets of Jerusalem--shook with fear and said, "Surely this was the Son of God!" Where this altar stands now, that Roman soldier stood then, in full view of the crucified Saviour--in full sight and hearing of all the marvels that were transpiring far and wide about the circumference of the Hill of Calvary.
To publicly execute such a personage was sufficient in itself to make the locality of the execution a memorable place for ages; added to this, the storm, the darkness, the earthquake, the rending of the vail of the Temple, and the untimely waking of the dead, were events calculated to fix the execution and the scene of it in the memory of even the most thoughtless witness.