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Dictionary Definition



1 a burial chamber (usually underground) [syn: burial vault]
2 a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables [syn: bank vault]
3 an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof
4 the act of jumping over an obstacle [syn: hurdle]


1 jump across or leap over (an obstacle) [syn: overleap]
2 bound vigorously

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From voute (modern voûte), from voluta, a substantive use of the past participle of volvere ‘roll, turn’.


  1. An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy.
  2. A structure resembling a vault, especially (poetic) that formed by the sky.
    • 1985, God said, ‘Let there be a vault through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two.’ — Genesis 1:6 (New Jerusalem Bible)
  3. An enclosed area covered with an arched roof, especially an underground room used for burial, or to store valuables, wine etc.
an arched masonry structure
a structure resembling a vault
an enclosed area covered with an arched roof
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Etymology 2

From volter, from a frequentative form of volvere ‘turn, roll’; later assiliated to Etymology 1, above.


  1. In the context of "transitive|or|intransitive": To jump or leap over (something).
to jump


  1. An act of vaulting; a leap or jump.
a jump

Extensive Definition

To vault means to jump over something.
Vault may also refer to:
Vault or vaulting may also refer to:
  • Bank vault, a reinforced room or compartment in a bank building where valuables are stored
  • Burial vault, a protective coffin enclosure or an underground tomb
  • Cranial vault, the space in the skull within the neurocranium
  • Document vault, a storage vault to archive office documents in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment with fire suppression that will protect the media stored within
  • Pole vault, an athletics event where competitors use a long, flexible pole as an aid to leap over a bar
  • Utility vault, an underground storage area accessed by a maintenance hole
  • Equestrian vaulting, a sport that combines gymnastics and dance on a moving horse
  • Backup Vault, a safe data store where backup data preserved

See also

vault in Norwegian: Hvelv

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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