American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being vacant or unoccupied.
- n. An empty or unoccupied space.
- n. A position, office, or place of accommodation that is unfilled or unoccupied.
- n. Emptiness of mind; inanity.
- n. A crystal defect caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule in a crystal lattice.
- n. Archaic A period of leisure; idleness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being vacant, empty, or unoccupied.
- n. Specifically, emptiness of mind; idleness; listlessness.
- n. That which is vacant or unoccupied. Specifically— Empty space.
- n. An intermediate space; a gap; a chasm.
- n. An interval of time not devoted to the ordinary duties or business of life; unoccupied, unemployed, or leisure time; holiday time; vacation; relaxation.
- n. An unoccupied or unfilled post, position, or office: as, a vacancy in the judicial bench.
- n. An unoccupied position or job.
- n. An available room in a hotel; guest house, etc.
- n. Empty space.
- n. Lack of intelligence or understanding.
- n. physics A defect in a crystal caused by the absence of an atom in a lattice
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness.
- n. That which is vacant.
- n. Empty space; vacuity; vacuum.
- n. An open or unoccupied space between bodies or things; an interruption of continuity; chasm; gap.
- n. Unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of intermission; vacation.
- n. A place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office
- n. being unoccupied
- n. an empty area or space
- From vac(ant) + -ancy. (Wiktionary)
“The rule on vacancy is a disincentive to tearing a property down.”
“Mr. Guinee said in an interview: "I was merely trying to determine the likelihood of near term vacancy and refilling that vacancy in a market that is one of the worst in the country.”
“Besides, for practical purposes most Senators are selected by State governors in vacancy filling appointments, then rubber-stamp elected.”
“I see him now, excellent and venerable old man! his eyes wandered in vacancy, for they had lost their charm and their delight — his niece, his more than daughter, whom he doated on with all that affection which a man feels, who, in the decline of life, having few affections, clings more earnestly to those that remain.”
“I see him now, excellent and venerable old man! his eyes wandered in vacancy, for they had lost their charm and their delight — his”
“Ending lifetime appointment would hopefully end the apocalyptic kabuki theater both sides engage in every time a Supreme Court vacancy is open.”
“– Another top candidate from last year's high court vacancy is again on the short list.”
“The Michigan governor, who made it to the vetting level during the last Supreme Court vacancy, is mum on the specifics this time around.”
“I'm not sure what happens in Florida when a representative resigns and how the vacancy is filled.”
“That would make it interesting for a Bush second term, effectively ending the Republicans 'hold on the legislative branch, and it would ensure that any right-wing nut job nominated for a Supreme Court vacancy is Borked.”
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