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

  • transitive v. To convert or be converted into vapor.

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  • v. Turn into vapour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To pass off in vapor.
  • transitive v. To convert into vapor, as by the application of heat, whether naturally or artificially.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To convert into vapor by the application of heat or by artificial means; cause to evaporate; sublimate.
  • To affect with the vapors; render splenetic or hypochondriacal.
  • To pass off in vapor: as, sulphur or mercury vaporizes under certain conditions.
  • Also spelled vaporise.

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

  • v. turn into gas
  • v. lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
  • v. decrease rapidly and disappear
  • v. kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting


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  • "To affect with the vapors; render splenetic or hypochondriacal."

    --Cent. Dict.

    August 1, 2012