American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or resembling vapor.
- adj. Producing vapors; volatile.
- adj. Full of vapors.
- adj. Insubstantial, vague, or ethereal: "the imponderable mysterious and vaporous illusions of twilight” ( John C. Powys). See Synonyms at airy.
- adj. Extravagantly fanciful; high-flown: vaporous conjecture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the form or having the nature of vapor.
- Full of vapors or exhalations.
- Promotive of exhalation or the flow of effluvia, vapor, gases, or the like; hence, windy; flatulent.
- Unsubstantial; vainly imaginative; whimsical: extravagant.: soaring.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the form or nature of vapor.
- adj. Full of vapors or exhalations.
- adj. Producing vapors; hence, windy; flatulent.
- adj. Unreal; unsubstantial; vain; whimsical.
- adj. filled with vapor
- adj. so thin as to transmit light
- adj. resembling or characteristic of vapor
- vapour + -ous (Wiktionary)
“If I had taken mercury and converted it into vapor (as I could easily do), I should have a perfectly colorless vapor; for you must understand this about vapors, that bodies in what we call the vaporous or the gaseous state are always perfectly transparent, never cloudy or smoky; they are, however, often colored, and we can frequently have colored vapors or gases produced by colorless particles themselves mixing together, as in this case [the lecturer here inverted a glass cylinder full of binoxide of nitrogen (2) over a cylinder of oxygen, when the dark red vapor of hyponitrous acid was produced].”
“Even far below the critical temperature the molecules have an enormous degree of activity, and tend to fly asunder, maintaining what appears to be a gaseous, but what technically is called a vaporous, condition -- the distinction being that pressure alone suffices to reduce the vapor to the liquid state.”
“The critics have distinguished three periods, or manners, in his work: the cold, the hot, and the "vaporous".”
“Dealing with only one form of the social phenomenon, with sensualism so far as it appeared to affect contemporary poetry, the writer proceeded with a literary retrospect intended to show that the fair dawn of our English poetry in Chaucer and the Elizabethan dramatists had been overclouded by a portentous darkness, a darkness "vaporous," "miasmic," coming from a "fever-cloud generated first in Italy and then blown westward," sucking up on its way "all that was most unwholesome from the soil of France.”
“The new version of Google's Android operating system that will run such upcoming tablet computers as Motorola's Xoom looks less vaporous today.”
“Reading her thoughts one finds nothing vaporous or otherworldly; she is among the most practical of people.”
“His "Cloud Collector's Handbook" is a portable adjunct to his society's website, addressed to anyone who spends time gazing at the sky, more or less idly, wondering about the names or nature of its vaporous denizens.”
“A field guide to vaporous skies, in all their heavenly variety .”
“Bassett, with his own eyes, saw colour and colours transform into sound till the whole visible surface of the vast sphere was a-crawl and titillant and vaporous with what he could not tell was colour or was sound.”
“Google TV -- the Web giant's software package for finding and watching TV programming over the Internet and through traditional subscription services -- looks less vaporous now.”
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