Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To eject part or all of the contents of the stomach through the mouth, usually in a series of involuntary spasmic movements.
  • intransitive v. To be discharged forcefully and abundantly; spew or gush: The dike burst, and the floodwaters vomited forth.
  • transitive v. To eject (contents of the stomach) through the mouth.
  • transitive v. To eject or discharge in a gush; spew out: The volcano vomited lava and ash.
  • n. The act or an instance of ejecting matter from the stomach through the mouth.
  • n. Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth.
  • n. An emetic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To regurgitate the contents of a stomach; puke.
  • n. The regurgitated former contents of a stomach.
  • n. The act of regurgitating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Matter that is vomited; esp., matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth.
  • n. That which excites vomiting; an emetic.
  • intransitive v. To eject the contents of the stomach by the mouth; to puke; to spew.
  • transitive v. To throw up; to eject from the stomach through the mouth; to disgorge; to puke; to spew out; -- often followed by up or out.
  • transitive v. Hence, to eject from any hollow place; to belch forth; to emit; to throw forth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw up or eject from the stomach; discharge from the stomach through the mouth: often followed by forth, up, or out.
  • To eject with violence from any hollow place; belch forth; emit.
  • To eject the contents of the stomach by the mouth; puke; spew.
  • To be emitted; come out with force or violence.
  • n. That which is vomited; specifically, matter ejected from the stomach in the act of vomiting; an attack of vomiting.
  • n. That which excites the stomach to discharge its contents; an emetic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • v. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • n. a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting
  • n. the matter ejected in vomiting

Etymologies

Middle English vomiten, from Latin vomitāre, frequentative of vomere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English vomiten, from Latin vomitāre, present active infinitive of vomitō ("vomit repeatedly"), frequentative form of vomō ("be sick, vomit"), from Proto-Indo-European *wem- (“to spew, vomit”). Cognate with Old Norse váma ("nausea, malaise"), Old English wemman ("to defile"). More at wem. (Wiktionary)

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