American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small entrance hall or passage between the outer door and the interior of a house or building.
- n. An enclosed area at the end of a passenger car on a railroad train.
- n. Anatomy A cavity, chamber, or channel that leads to or is an entrance to another cavity: the vestibule to the ear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Bryozoa of the suborder Cryptostomata, a tubular shaft which lies above and leads to the mouth of the zoœcium. This vestibule or vestibular shaft may be crossed by diaphragms or hemisepta and is surrounded by vesicular tissue or a solid calcareous deposit.
- n. In car-building, a car-platform inclosed above and on two sides and connected by a bellows-like extension with the similarly inclosed platform of next car. Each extension carries an iron doorframe called a face-plate. When two cars are coupled together the opposing face-plates are pressed together by springs, which at the same time allow them to slip over one another with the motion of the cars. The permanent structure of the vestibule includes doors on each side, at the steps, and hinged platforms to cover the steps when the doors are closed.
- n. A passage, hall, or antechamber next the outer door of a house, from which doors open into the various inner rooms; a porch; a lobby; a hall; a narthex. See cuts under opisthodomus, porch, and pronaos.
- n. In anatomy: A part of the labyrinth of the ear, the common or central cavity, between the semicircular canals and the cochlea, communicating permanently with the former, and temporarily or permanently with the latter, from the proper membranous cavity of which it is generally shut off subsequently, opening into the tympanum or middle ear by the fenestra ovalis, which, however, is closed in life by a membrane. See cuts under car and temporal.
- n. A triangular space between the nymphæ or labia minora of the human female and some anthropoid apes, containing the orifice of the urethra, or meatus urinarius. More fully called vestibule of the vulva and vestibulum vaginæ.
- n. A part of the left ventricular cavity of the heart, adjoining the root of the aorta.
- n. In zoology: A depression of the body-wall of sundry infusorians, as Paramecium and Noctiluca, leading to the oral and sometimes also to the anal aperture, and thus connected, by means of an esophageal canal, with the endosarc. See Vorticella, Noctiluca, and cut under Paramecium.
- n. In polyzoans, an outer chamber of a cell of the polyzoary, which opens on the surface, and into which, in some forms, the pharynx and anus both open.
- To provide with a vestibule.
- n. architecture A passage, hall or room, such as a lobby, between the outer door and the interior of a building.
- n. rail transport An enclosed entrance at the end of a railway passenger car.
- n. medicine, anatomy, by extension Any of a number of body cavities, serving as or resembling an entrance to another bodily space.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The porch or entrance into a house; a hall or antechamber next the entrance; a lobby; a porch; a hall.
- v. To furnish with a vestibule or vestibules.
- n. any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)
- n. a large entrance or reception room or area
- Its origin is early 17th century from French, from Latin vestibulum ("entrance court"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin vestibulum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Even in this strange landscape the vestibule was an impressive display of pink Aswan granite and white alabaster floor.”
“STEPHEN C. GIDLEY, AGING-IN-PLAC. C.NTRAC.OR: And then we have the vestibule, which is well lit and heated and then we have the elevator, which is wheelchair accessible and it's also safe to carry up four people.”
“After you cross the vestibule, which is dark, you crouch to pass through the low, rock-cut archway by which you enter the tomb.”
“Mom looked to me like she was trying to lick her way inside her daughter, through what the Romans called the vestibule of love.”
“On the right and left of the imposing main vestibule, which is distinguished by the strength and the beauty of its style, lobbies with arched roofs lead to the waiting and dining rooms, the ladies 'rooms, the imperial apartments and the above mentioned meeting hall of the administration.”
“In an all-the-year country house a vestibule is a necessity as much as in a town house, and the hall should be treated with the dignity a hall deserves, and not as a second living-room.”
“The vestibule is the common cavity with which all the other portions of the labyrinth connect.”
“East of the vestibule is a large hall, and to the south is the great library, corresponding in size, &c. with the museum of natural history; the small library; rooms for the librarian, for apparatus, and also another large theatre.”
“As you enter, you find a vestibule, which is called the cupola of”
“Beyond the vestibule is a passage that leads to the large central hall.”
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