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[vey-kuh n-see] /ˈveɪ kən si/
noun, plural vacancies.
the state of being vacant; emptiness.
a vacant, empty, or unoccupied place, as untenanted lodgings or offices:
This building still has no vacancies.
a gap; opening; breach.
an unoccupied position or office:
a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity:
a look of utter vacancy.
Crystallography. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position.
Compare interstitial (def 3).
Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.
1570-80; < Medieval Latin vacantia. See vacant, -ancy
Related forms
nonvacancy, noun, plural nonvacancies. Unabridged
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  • Find global vacancies in academia, industry and government.
  • Many cities are dealing with housing vacancies and unemployment not seen in decades.
  • The housing recovery is locked behind a thick wall of vacancies.
  • At the same time, both hiring and vacancies plummeted.
  • Temping agencies would be abolished and companies would be required to register all vacancies with government labour centres.
  • In many countries commercial property is enduring a rise in vacancies and defaults, in a slow-motion replay of the housing crash.
  • After all, if there are no vacancies, the agency cannot punish job-seekers for failing to apply.
  • Of course they take up vacancies that are available, but they also come and create wealth and new jobs.
  • Department spokesmen say the vacancies are not a surprise so late in a president's second term.
  • The nation is bleeding jobs but many top orchestras find themselves with a large number of vacancies in their ranks.
British Dictionary definitions for vacancies


noun (pl) -cies
the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness
an unoccupied post or office: we have a vacancy in the accounts department
an unoccupied room in a boarding house, hotel, etc: put the "No Vacancies" sign in the window
lack of thought or intelligent awareness; inanity: an expression of vacancy on one's face
(physics) a defect in a crystalline solid caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule from its position in the crystal lattice
(obsolete) idleness or a period spent in idleness
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Word Origin and History for vacancies



c.1600, "state of being vacant," from Late Latin vacantia, from vacans (see vacant). Meaning "available room at a hotel" is recorded from 1953. Related: Vacancies.

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Encyclopedia Article for vacancies


in crystallography, absence of an atom or molecule from a point that it would normally occupy in a crystal. Such an imperfection (crystal defect) in the regular spacing of atoms changes the electrical and optical properties of the crystal. Colour centres are vacancies that give colour to many solids. Vacancies can be created by mechanical deformation of the crystal, rapid cooling from high temperature, or the impact of radiation on the crystal. In the so-called Schottky defect, an atom moves from the inside of the crystal to its surface, leaving behind an isolated vacancy. In the Frenkel defect, an atom moves to a new position between other atoms of the solid. The empty space created by the migration of the atom is a vacancy. The relative numbers of these two types of defects vary from crystal to crystal. See also colour centre.

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