from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a vaporous manner; with vapors.
  • Boastingly; ostentatiously.


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  • One is dragged through this muck by characters are so variously and vaporously drawn, it becomes impossible for the reader to attach any concern to them whatsoever.

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  • Matt Smith pops up early ... and comes off quite vaporously pretty.

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  • Where … Memory of the moment started leaking back in, vaporously thin and with apparent gaps.

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  • The blue waving line of the downs, crowned here and there by clumps of trees, ran far along the southwestern horizon, melting vaporously in the distance above "the Vale, the three lone weirs, the youthful Thames."

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  • As he came to her side she raised her head and breathed "Good night!" to that ghostly essence which she conceived was floating vaporously in the upper air and slipped her arm in his.

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  • The harbor was now as calm as a pond, except for the pink and dove color running vaporously on the back of a long swell from the south.

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  • Toward midnight "Fingerless" Fraser, cruising in a nocturnal search for adventure and profit, found him in a semi-maudlin state, descanting vaporously to his train; and, upon catching mention of the Kalvik fisheries, snatched him homeward and put him to bed, after which he locked him into his room, threw the key over the transom, and stood guard outside until assured that he slept.

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  • Learned oculists theorized vaporously about optic atrophies, fractures, and brain pressures of one sort and another; and meanwhile Robert Austin, in the highest perfection of bodily vigor, in the fullest possession of those faculties that had raised him from an unschooled farm-boy to a position of eminence in the business world, went slowly blind.

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  • Its base is effaced by far mists: out of the air the thing would seem to have shaped itself -- a phantom cone, diaphanously grey below, vaporously white above, with a dream of perpetual snow -- the mighty mountain of Daisen.

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  • That was a very doubtful possibility; the hope built upon it was vaporously unsubstantial.

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