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[vom-it] /ˈvɒm ɪt/
verb (used without object)
to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; regurgitate; throw up.
to belch or spew with force or violence.
verb (used with object)
to eject from the stomach through the mouth; spew.
to cast out or eject as if in vomiting; send out forcefully or violently:
The volcano vomited flames and molten rock.
to cause (a person) to vomit.
the act of vomiting.
the matter ejected in vomiting.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English vomiten < Latin vomitāre, frequentative of vomere to discharge, vomit; akin to Greek emeîn (see emetic)
Related forms
vomiter, noun
vomitive, adjective
vomitously, adverb
unvomited, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vomiting
  • Airsickness is usually a combination of spatial disorientation, nausea and vomiting.
  • The cause of death was another in a series of episodes of vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Unlike ordinary sickness, vomiting in motion sickness tends not to relieve the nausea.
  • The brain responds by inducing vomiting, to clear the supposed toxin.
  • Half blind, gasping for air, frothing at the mouth, vomiting.
  • Tearing or rupture of the esophagus caused by repeated forced vomiting.
  • Deaths typically occur from complications related to excessive sedation and vomiting.
British Dictionary definitions for vomiting


verb -its, -iting, -ited
to eject (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth as the result of involuntary muscular spasms of the stomach and oesophagus
to eject or be ejected forcefully; spew forth
the matter ejected in vomiting
the act of vomiting
a drug or agent that induces vomiting; emetic
Derived Forms
vomiter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin vomitāre to vomit repeatedly, from vomere to vomit
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Word Origin and History for vomiting



late 14c., "act of expelling contents of the stomach through the mouth," from Latin vomitare "to vomit often," frequentative of vomere "spew forth, discharge," from PIE root *wem- "to spit, vomit" (cf. Greek emein "to vomit," emetikos "provoking sickness;" Sanskrit vamati "he vomits;" Avestan vam- "to spit;" Lithuanian vemiu "to vomit," Old Norse væma "seasickness"). In reference to the matter so ejected, it is attested from late 14c.


early 15c.; see vomit (n.). Related: Vomited; vomiting.

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vomiting in Medicine

vomit vom·it (vŏm'ĭt)
v. vom·it·ed, vom·it·ing, vom·its
To eject part or all of the stomach contents through the mouth, usually in a series of involuntary spasmic movements. n.

  1. The act or an instance of ejecting matter from the stomach through the mouth.

  2. Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth.

  3. An emetic.

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vomiting in Science
Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth, usually as a result of involuntary muscle contractions.
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