Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vault in which the dead are buried.

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Examples

  • The urn with the ashes of this great man was put into the burial-vault.

    THE HOUSE OF HAPPY WALLS

  • Under their instruction, the grave was dug and a cement burial-vault was built here, on the slope of the hill.

    THE HOUSE OF HAPPY WALLS

  • I was in the chapel over the burial-vault of my race.

    Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • France, her second son lay fathoms deep in the North Sea, with the hulk of a broken battleship for a burial-vault; and now the grand-daughter was standing here in the limelight, bowing her thanks for the patronage and favour meted out to her by this cosmopolitan company, with its lavish sprinkling of the uniforms of an alien army.

    When William Came

  • But as the nuns have no private entrance to their burial-vault, and have been by law prohibited from making one; as they are obliged to pass through the public door of the church and walk up the nave, they are at the mercy of any stranger who can gain admittance to the building, and who may be led by idle curiosity to watch the ceremonies which accompany their midnight service for the dead.

    Rambles Beyond Railways; or, Notes in Cornwall taken A-foot

  • Anon, it clears the stage of each and any mortal shred that thinks itself so potent to its day; and at and after which, (with precious, golden exceptions once or twice in a century,) all that relates to sir potency is flung to moulder in a burial-vault, and no one bothers himself the least bit about it afterward.

    Collect ; from Complete Poetry and Collected Prose

  • Among other places, he showed him the spot where he proposed to erect a new family burial-vault.

    Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.

  • The sun now set: a freezing cold, though of short duration pervaded the whole creation; it was like a horrid gust coming from a burial-vault on a warm summer's day -- but all around the mountains retained that wonderful green tone which we see in some old pictures, and which, should we not have seen a similar play of color in the South, we declare at once to be unnatural.

    Andersen's Fairy Tales

  • Parliamentary War; and they have recently (that is to say, within a century) built a burial-vault on the other side of the church, calculated

    Our Old Home A Series of English Sketches A Series of English Sketches

  • This was the lord De Vere, who when at home was said to spend much of his time in the burial-vault of his dead progenitors rummaging their mouldy coffins in search of all the earthly pride and vainglory that was hidden among bones and dust; so that, besides his own share, he had the collected haughtiness of his whole line of ancestry.

    Twice Told Tales

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