Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition of being vacant or unoccupied.
  • noun An empty or unoccupied space.
  • noun A position, office, or place of accommodation that is unfilled or unoccupied.
  • noun Emptiness of mind; inanity.
  • noun A crystal defect caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule in a crystal lattice.
  • noun Archaic A period of leisure; idleness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being vacant, empty, or unoccupied.
  • noun Specifically, emptiness of mind; idleness; listlessness.
  • noun That which is vacant or unoccupied.
  • noun An intermediate space; a gap; a chasm.
  • noun An interval of time not devoted to the ordinary duties or business of life; unoccupied, unemployed, or leisure time; holiday time; vacation; relaxation.
  • noun An unoccupied or unfilled post, position, or office: as, a vacancy in the judicial bench.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness.
  • noun That which is vacant.
  • noun Empty space; vacuity; vacuum.
  • noun An open or unoccupied space between bodies or things; an interruption of continuity; chasm; gap.
  • noun Unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of intermission; vacation.
  • noun A place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An unoccupied position or job.
  • noun An available room in a hotel; guest house, etc.
  • noun Empty space.
  • noun Lack of intelligence or understanding.
  • noun physics A defect in a crystal caused by the absence of an atom in a lattice

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

  • noun being unoccupied
  • noun an empty area or space

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From vac(ant) +‎ -ancy.

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