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vaporous

[vey-per-uh s] /ˈveɪ pər əs/
adjective
1.
having the form or characteristics of vapor:
a vaporous cloud.
2.
full of or abounding in vapor; foggy; misty:
a vaporous twilight.
3.
producing or giving off vapor:
a vaporous bog.
4.
dimmed or obscured with vapor:
a low valley surrounded by vaporous mountains.
5.
unsubstantial; diaphanous; airy:
vaporous fabrics; vaporous breezes.
6.
vaguely formed, fanciful, or unreliable:
vaporous promises.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; vapor + -ous
Related forms
vaporously, adverb
vaporousness, vaporosity
[vey-puh-ros-i-tee] /ˌveɪ pəˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonvaporosity, noun
nonvaporous, adjective
nonvaporously, adverb
nonvaporousness, noun
unvaporosity, noun
unvaporous, adjective
unvaporously, adverb
unvaporousness, noun
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  • Where little over a decade ago rainforest transpired under a vaporous haze, the ground has been cleared, raked and gouged.
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  • Lyrics give the impression of having been dashed off and forgotten in a vaporous haze of inspiration.
  • Here, a golden brown aura dominates the picture, from the vaporous clouds to the city skyline.
  • Exposure of the eye to liquid or vaporous acetic anhydride results in excessive tearing, redness, and pain on looking into light.
  • The former, neutrally-charged specie provides the only significant contribution for vaporous carry over to the steam phase.
  • vaporous agreements by leadership faithfully relied upon by the rank and file adds to shattered trusts.
British Dictionary definitions for vaporous

vaporous

/ˈveɪpərəs/
adjective
1.
resembling or full of vapour
2.
another word for vaporific
3.
lacking permanence or substance; ephemeral or fanciful
4.
given to foolish imaginings
5.
dulled or obscured by an atmosphere of vapour
Derived Forms
vaporously, adverb
vaporousness, vaporosity (ˌveɪpəˈrɒsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for vaporous
adj.

late 14c., from Latin vaporus, from vapor (see vapor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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