vapor
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈveɪpə/
Noun

vapor (plural vapors) (American spelling)

  1. Cloudy diffused matter such as mist, steam or fumes suspended in the air.
  2. The gaseous state of a substance that is normally a solid or liquid.
  3. Something insubstantial.
Translations Verb

vapor (vapors, present participle vaporing; past and past participle vapored) (American spelling)

  1. (intransitive) To become vapor; to be emitted or circulated as vapor.
  2. (transitive) To turn into vapor.
  3. (intransitive) To use insubstantial language; to boast or bluster.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Bisara of Pooree’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005, p. 172:
      He vapoured, and fretted, and fumed, and trotted up and down, and tried to make himself pleasing in Miss Hollis's big, quiet, grey eyes, and failed.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 1,
      […] an amusing character all but extinct now, but occasionally to be encountered […] vaporing in the groggeries along the tow-path.
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