vapor

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English vapour, from Anglo-Norman vapour, Old French vapor, from Latin vapor (steam, heat).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈveɪpə/
  • Rhymes: -eɪpə(r)
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Noun[edit]

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vapor (plural vapors) (American spelling)

  1. Cloudy diffused matter such as mist, steam or fumes suspended in the air.
  2. The gaseous state of a substance that is normally a solid or liquid.
    • 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      Surprisingly, this analysis revealed that acute exposure to solvent vapors at concentrations below those associated with long-term effects appears to increase the risk of a fatal automobile accident. Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
  3. Something insubstantial.
    • 1781, Horace Walpole, :
      I am at this present very sick of my little vapour of fame.
    • 1822, Charles Perkins, An Oration, page 19:
      The press operates as a safety-valve for the vapor of popular ebullision.
    • 1875, Albert Barnes, Notes, Explanatory and Practical, on the General Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude, page 80:
      The previous question had turned the attention to life as something peculiarly frail, and as of such a nature that no calculation could be based on its permanence. This expression gives a reason for that, to wit, that it is a mere vapor.
    • 1999, Martin Heidegger, An Introduction to Metaphysics, page 50:
      Here we can explain only in these broad outlines why the asking of the question of being is in itself through and through historical, and why, accordingly, our question as to whether being will remain a mere vapor for us or become the destiny of the West is anything but an exaggeration and a rhetorical figure.

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vapor (third-person singular simple present vapors, present participle vaporing, simple past and past participle vapored) (American spelling)

  1. (intransitive) To become vapor; to be emitted or circulated as vapor.
  2. (transitive) To turn into vapor.
  3. (intransitive) To use insubstantial language; to boast or bluster.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Bisara of Pooree’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005, p. 172:
      He vapoured, and fretted, and fumed, and trotted up and down, and tried to make himself pleasing in Miss Hollis's big, quiet, grey eyes, and failed.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 1, [1]
      [] an amusing character all but extinct now, but occasionally to be encountered [] vaporing in the groggeries along the tow-path.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vapë (hot weather) +‎ -or noun suffix.

Noun[edit]

vapor ?

  1. steamboat

Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vapor.

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vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. vapor

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vapor.

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Noun[edit]

vapor m (plural vapors)

  1. vapor, steam

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vapor.

Pronunciation[edit]

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vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. vapor

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Ladino[edit]

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vapor m (Latin spelling)

  1. ship, steamer

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain, but possibly related to Ancient Greek καπνός (kapnós, smoke) and Proto-Indo-European *kʷep- (to smoke, boil, move violently), via an older form *quapor that eventually lost its velar.[1] See also hope.

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vapor m (genitive vapōris); third declension

  1. steam, exhalation, vapour; smoke
  2. warm exhalation, warmth, heat
  3. ardour of love, warmth

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vapor vapōrēs
Genitive vapōris vapōrum
Dative vapōrī vapōribus
Accusative vapōrem vapōrēs
Ablative vapōre vapōribus
Vocative vapor vapōrēs

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Descendants[edit]

  • Asturian: vapor
  • Catalan: vapor
  • English: vapor
  • French: vapeur
  • Galician: vapor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colarusso, Further Etymologies Between Indo-European and Northwest Caucasian

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

vapor

  1. Alternative form of vapour

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

vapor f (oblique plural vapors, nominative singular vapor, nominative plural vapors)

  1. Alternative form of vapeur

Piedmontese[edit]

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vapor m (plural vapor)

  1. vapor, steam

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vapor.

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Noun[edit]

vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. vapor / vapour

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Further reading[edit]

  • vapor in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian vapore, French vapeur.

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vapor n (plural vapoare)

  1. boat, ship

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vapor.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /baˈpoɾ/
  • Rhymes: -oɾ
  • Hyphenation: va‧por

Noun[edit]

vapor m (plural vapores)

  1. steam, vapor (water vapor)

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