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valley Tweet Definition of valley Like Definition of valley on Facebook
noun (pluralvalleys)
  1. An elongated depression between hills or mountains, often with a river flowing through it.
  2. The area which drains into a river.
  3. Any structure resembling 1, e.g., the meeting point of two pitched roofs.
vault Tweet Definition of vault Like Definition of vault on Facebook
noun
  1. An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy.
  2. A structure resembling a vault, especially (poetic) that formed by the sky.
    • 1985, God said, "Let there be a through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two." " Genesis 1:6 (New Jerusalem Bible)
      1. An enclosed area covered with an arched roof, especially an underground room used for burial, or to store valuables, wine etc.
verb
  1. (context, transitive, or, intransitive) To jump or leap over (something).
vaulted Tweet Definition of vaulted Like Definition of vaulted on Facebook
adjective
  1. (architecture): A style of ceiling supported by arches, introduced in the Gothic style.
vaulting Tweet Definition of vaulting Like Definition of vaulting on Facebook
noun
  1. The practice of constructing vaults, or a particular method of such construction
  2. A vaulted structure; such structures treated as a group
    1. The sport of gymnastics and dance routines performed on horseback, and on the longe line
verb
  1. (present participle of, vault)
adjective
  1. Leaning upward or over
  2. Exaggerated or overreaching
  3. performing
verge Tweet Definition of verge Like Definition of verge on Facebook
noun
  1. A rod or staff of office, e.g. of a verger.
  2. An edge or border.
  3. (obsolete) A male rod, phallus
  4. (metaphore) An extreme limit beyond which something specific will happen
I was on the verge of tears.
verb (verges, verging, verged, )
  1. (intransitive) To come very close; to border; to approach.
Eating blowfish verges on insanity.
vestibule Tweet Definition of vestibule Like Definition of vestibule on Facebook
noun
  1. a passage, hall, or room between the outer door and the interior of a building
    1. (scifi) A gateway to another dimension.
vestry Tweet Definition of vestry Like Definition of vestry on Facebook
noun
  1. A room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these are stored; also used for meetings and classes; a sacristy
    • The choirboys change into their cassocks in the
      1. A committee of parishioners elected to administer the temporal affairs of a parish
    • The meets the first Tuesday every month
via Tweet Definition of via Like Definition of via on Facebook
noun
  1. A main road or highway, especially in ancient Rome. (Mainly used in set phrases, below.)
  2. (electronics) A small hole in a printed-circuit board filled with metal which connects two or more layers.
Victorian Tweet Definition of Victorian Like Definition of Victorian on Facebook
noun
  1. A person living, or born in that period, or exhibiting characteristics of the Victorian period.
adjective (wikipedia, Victorian era)
  1. Of, or relating to the reign of Queen Victoria or of that period
  2. Of, or displaying the supposed standards or ideals of morality of that period
  3. Of the style of architecture or furnishings of that period
  4. Of, or relating to the state of Victoria in Australia
villa Tweet Definition of villa Like Definition of villa on Facebook
noun
  1. A house, often larger and more expensive than average, in the countryside or on the coast, often used as a retreat.
  2. (UK) A family house, often semi-detached, in a middle class street.
  3. In ancient Rome, a country house, with farm buildings around a courtyard.
volute Tweet Definition of volute Like Definition of volute on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) The spiral curve on an Ionic capital.
  2. (zoology) The spirls or whorls on a gastropod's shell.
  3. (zoology) Any marine gastropod of the (super)family Volutidae.

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