Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of vapour.

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  • n. a state of depression

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Examples

  • And Miss Betty I thought would have the vapours from the way she flew from Di to Jack and back again, in such a state of mind as ye can't imagine!

    The Black Moth: A Romance of the XVIII Century

  • A red sun near its dropping, drew up the miasmic vapours from the mangrove-fringed reaches stretching on either side of the wharf.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • But these opposing winds, laden with vapours from the two hemispheres, had each their mission, and worked under an appointed law.

    Parables From Nature

  • The heat of the vapours, which issue from the crevices of the caldera, is not sufficiently great to combine the sulphur while in a state of minute division, with the oxygen of the atmospheric air; and after the experiment I have just cited on the temperature of the soil, we may presume that the sulphurous acid is formed at a certain depth, * in cavities to which the external air has free access.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 1

  • The first threw out lava in 1718 and 1812; in the second there is a continual formation of sulphur by the condensation of vapours, which issue from the crevices of an ancient crater.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 1

  • Were you ever Madam afflicted with the English malady called the vapours or hypo? if not, permit me to recommend it to you, to put up prayers in your convent immediately, that it may be always as effectually separated from you, as him, who is at this moment, groaning most lamentably under its tyranny.

    Agnes De-Courci: a Domestic Tale

  • Let me advise you, then, to bring your mind to your circumstances, and remember (for I can't help writing it, as it is for your own good) the vapours are a distemper which very ill become a knapsack.

    Amelia — Complete

  • I'd have you to know, young man -- however, I haven't the heart to quarrel with you, you look so ill; and after all, it is a good sum for one to pay who travels the roads; but if I must have tea, I like to have the best; and tea I must have, for I am used to it, though I can't help thinking that it sometimes fills my head with strange fancies -- what some folks call vapours, making me weep and cry. '

    Lavengro; the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • [(W) -6.8 (e) 3.2 (re y) 29.2 (ou ever Madam afflicted with the Eng) 9.2 (lish malady) 29.2 (called the vapours or)] TJ

    Agnes De-Courci: a Domestic Tale

  • They tried to make sense of what they saw by recording variations of climate and temperature, speculating that yellow fever was caused by "vapours" from "rains mingling with the filth of the huts of the black population" and "decomposing and putrid animals and vegetable matter".

    Amputations, acid gargles and ammonia rubs: Royal Navy surgeons' 1793-1880 journals revealed

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