Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of vapor.

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  • n. a state of depression

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Examples

  • Like many people, I enjoy the moist aroma and sinus-soothing vapors from a pot of boiling water.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • … It monitors vapors from the skin and sends them to a modem for data collection.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Smart bracelet detects alcohol

  • Note 126: Locally distilled liquor, called moonshine by the twentieth century, was made with molasses, hops, and oats boiled in a pot from which a coiling tube extended; the coil was passed through cold water, causing the vapors from the boiling mixture to condense.

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  • Violent thunder-storms, with showers of rain and hail, are frequent accompaniments of volcanic eruptions everywhere; but owing to the coldness and dryness of the air into which the vapors from the Icelandic volcanoes ascend, their condensation is so sudden and violent that great quantities of electricity are developed.

    The San Francisco calamity by earthquake and fire

  • It drew out the sympathy of the wise and the good of other lands besides our own, as the morning sun draws vapors from the earth; and from that hour the breath of prayer has been burdened for him, until he reached the happy place where dangers no more cluster, where prayer is no more needed.

    The Sin of Reviling, and Its Work

  • It’s unclear to me that making martyrs out of Cheney, Bybee, etc., in the eyes of the 30% dead enders and giving Beltway media types the vapors is actually the best way to deter future torturers rather than entrench torture as an option that “tough minded realists” will fight for in the face of political with hunts.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Yoo and Bybee Rulings

  • “It’s unclear to me that making martyrs out of Cheney, Bybee, etc., in the eyes of the 30% dead enders and giving Beltway media types the vapors is actually the best way to deter future torturers rather than entrench torture as an option that “tough minded realists” will fight for in the face of political with hunts.”

    Matthew Yglesias » The Yoo and Bybee Rulings

  • Back in the days when women often came down with a mysterious malady called the vapors, a cup of chamomile tea was often prescribed to relieve female anxiety.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • The arrangements for the admission of air and carrying along the vapors are the same as in the other case.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 514, November 7, 1885

  • The principle of the Seyfferth pyrometer is based on the fact that the pressure of saturated vapors, that is, vapors which remain in communication with the liquid which has produced them, preserves a constant ratio with the temperature of such liquid, while, on the other hand, the temperature of the latter when shut up in a vessel will correspond exactly with that of the medium into which it is introduced.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 288, July 9, 1881

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