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

  • adjective Containing no matter; empty.
  • adjective Not occupied; unfilled.
  • adjective Completely lacking; devoid: synonym: empty.
  • adjective Ineffective; useless.
  • adjective Having no legal force or validity; null.
  • adjective Games Lacking cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand.
  • noun An empty space.
  • noun A vacuum.
  • noun An open space or a break in continuity; a gap.
  • noun A feeling or state of emptiness, loneliness, or loss.
  • noun Games Absence of cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand.
  • intransitive verb To take out (the contents of something); empty.
  • intransitive verb To excrete (body wastes).
  • intransitive verb To leave; vacate.
  • intransitive verb To make void or of no validity; invalidate.
  • intransitive verb To excrete body wastes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make or leave vacant; quit; vacate; depart from; leave; hence, to clear; free; empty.
  • To emit, throw, or send out; empty out; specifically, to evacuate from the intestine or bladder: as, to void excrementitious matter.
  • To lay aside; cease to use; divest one's self of.
  • To invalidate; annul; nullify; render of no validity or effect.
  • To avoid; shun.
  • To dismiss; send away.
  • To go; depart.
  • To have an evacuation.
  • To be emitted or evacuated. Wiseman, Surgery. [Rare.] To become empty or vaçant.
  • Empty, or not containing matter; vacant; not occupied; unfilled: as, a void space or place.
  • Having no holder or possessor; vacant; unoccupied; without incumbent.
  • Not taken up with business; leisure.
  • Being without; devoid; destitute; lacking; without; free from: usually with of: as, void of learning; void of common sense.
  • Not producing any effect; ineffectual; useless; vain; superfluous.
  • Specifically, in law, without legal efficacy; incapable of being enforced by law; having no legal or binding force; null; not effectual to bind parties, or to convey or support a right: as, a deed not duly signed and sealed is void; a promise without consideration is void.
  • Devoid of wealth; poor.
  • =Syn. 1, 2, and , Devoid, etc. See vacant.
  • Invalid.
  • noun An empty or unoccupied space; a vacuum.
  • noun An opening; a solution of continuity in an inclosure of any kind; a space unfilled or not built up, as contrasted with closed or occupied areas.
  • noun The last course or remove; the dessert.

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

  • noun An empty space; a vacuum.
  • adjective Containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled.
  • adjective Having no incumbent; unoccupied; -- said of offices and the like.
  • adjective Being without; destitute; free; wanting; devoid.
  • adjective Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
  • adjective Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul.
  • adjective (Law) Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification; null. Cf. Voidable, 2.
  • adjective (Physics) a vacuum.
  • intransitive verb To be emitted or evacuated.
  • transitive verb To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave.
  • transitive verb To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge.
  • transitive verb To render void; to make to be of no validity or effect; to vacate; to annul; to nullify.


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

[Middle English, from Old French voide, feminine of voit, from Vulgar Latin *vocitus, alteration of Latin vacīvus, vocīvus, variant of vacuus, from vacāre, to be empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.]

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Alteration of voidee.

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From Old French vuit, voide (modern vide).


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