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vestibule

[ves-tuh-byool] /ˈvɛs təˌbyul/
noun
1.
a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
2.
Railroads. an enclosed space at the end of a passenger car, serving as a sheltered entrance to the car from another car or from outside the train.
3.
Anatomy, Zoology. any of various cavities or hollows regarded as forming an approach or entrance to another cavity or space, as that of the internal ear.
verb (used with object), vestibuled, vestibuling.
4.
to provide with a vestibule.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin vestibulum forecourt, entrance
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  • Cell phones are restricted to the vestibule or card room.
  • The lowest part of the stomach is at the pyloric vestibule, which reaches to the region of the umbilicus.
  • At the appointed time the funeral procession forms in the vestibule.
  • Dramatic chandeliers hover over the vestibule and lobby lounge.
  • First, somebody made off with two two-foot-high potted plants from the locked vestibule.
British Dictionary definitions for vestibule

vestibule

/ˈvɛstɪˌbjuːl/
noun
1.
a small entrance hall or anteroom; lobby
2.
any small bodily cavity or space at the entrance to a passage or canal
Derived Forms
vestibular (vɛˈstɪbjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vestibulum
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Word Origin and History for vestibule
n.

1620s, "a porch," later "antechamber, lobby" (1730), from French vestible, from Latin vestibulum "forecourt, entrance," of unknown origin.

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vestibule in Medicine

vestibule ves·ti·bule (věs'tə-byōōl')
n.
A cavity, chamber, or channel that leads to or is an entrance to another cavity, especially that of the ear.

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vestibule in Science
vestibule
  (věs'tə-byl')   
An oval cavity in the inner ear that together with the semicircular canals makes up the organ that maintains equilibrium in vertebrates.
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