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vapour

[vey-per] /ˈveɪ pər/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Chiefly British
1.
Usage note
See -or1.
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vapour

/ˈveɪpə/
noun
1.
particles of moisture or other substance suspended in air and visible as clouds, smoke, etc
2.
a gaseous substance at a temperature below its critical temperature Compare gas (sense 3)
3.
a substance that is in a gaseous state at a temperature below its boiling point
4.
(rare) something fanciful that lacks substance or permanence
5.
(archaic) the vapours, a depressed mental condition believed originally to be the result of vaporous exhalations from the stomach
verb
6.
to evaporate or cause to evaporate; vaporize
7.
(intransitive) to make vain empty boasts; brag
Derived Forms
vapourable, (US) vaporable, adjective
vapourability, (US) vaporability, noun
vapourer, (US) vaporer, noun
vapourish, (US) vaporish, adjective
vapourless, (US) vaporless, adjective
vapour-like, (US) vapor-like, adjective
vapoury, (US) vapory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin vapor
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