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vapor

 [va´por] (pl. vapo´res, vapors) (L.)
1. steam, gas, or exhalation.
2. an atmospheric dispersion of a substance that in its normal state is liquid or solid.

va·por

(vā'pŏr),
1. Molecules in the gaseous phase of a solid or liquid substance exposed to a gas.
2. A visible emanation of fine particles of a liquid.
3. A medicinal preparation to be administered by inhalation.
[L. steam]

vapor

/va·por/ (va´por) pl. vapo´res, vapors   [L.]
1. steam, gas, or exhalation.
2. an atmospheric dispersion of a substance that in its normal state is liquid or solid.

vapor

(vā′pər)
n.
1. The gaseous state of a substance that is liquid or solid at room temperature.
2. A faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air, as mist, fumes, or smoke.
3. vapors Archaic
a. Exhalations within a bodily organ, especially the stomach, supposed to affect the mental or physical condition. Used with the.
b. A nervous disorder such as depression or hysteria. Used with the.

va′por·er n.

vapor

[vā′pər] pl. vapores, vapors
Etymology: L
1 an atmospheric dispersion of the gaseous form of a substance that in its normal state is a liquid or solid.
2 steam, gas, or an exhalation.

va·por

(vā'pŏr)
1. The gaseous phase of a substance that can be compressed into a liquid or a solid at the temperature of the vapor.
2. The gaseous phase of a solid or liquid at any temperature below its boiling point.
3. A common but incorrect term for a liquid aerosol (a visible suspension of fine liquid droplets in the atmosphere).
Synonym(s): vapour.
[L. steam]

va·por

(vā'pŏr)
1. Molecules in gaseous phase of a solid or liquid substance exposed to a gas.
2. Visible emanation of fine particles of a liquid.
3. Medicinal preparation to be administered by inhalation.
Synonym(s): vapour.
[L. steam]

vapor,

n 1. the gaseous form assumed by a solid or liquid when sufficiently heated.
n 2. a visible emanation of fine particles of a liquid.

vapor

steam, gas or exhalation.
References in classic literature ?
Good and evil, and joy and woe, and I and thou--coloured vapours did they seem to me before creative eyes.
Above Jukes' head a few stars shone into a pit of black vapours.
This is all vapours and fancy,' says the old woman; 'I tell you their credit depends upon the child's life, and they are as careful as any mother of you all.
They have a charcoal fire within; there is a smell of singeing clothes, or flesh, so close they gather round the brazier; and vapours issue forth that blind and suffocate.
It being that period of the forenoon when the various members of the family had coffee in their own chambers, some couple of hours before assembling at breakfast in a faded hall which had once been sumptuous, but was now the prey of watery vapours and a settled melancholy, Mrs General was accessible to the valet.
This affectionate behaviour of my wife's brought me a little out of the vapours, and I began to consider what I was doing; I corrected my wandering fancy, and began to argue with myself sedately what business I had after threescore years, and after such a life of tedious sufferings and disasters, and closed in so happy and easy a manner; I, say, what business had I to rush into new hazards, and put myself upon adventures fit only for youth and poverty to run into?
When it is heavy, rainy weather, they all come in, wet through; and at such times the vapours of the court are like those of a fungus-pit.
As the child could not endure the intolerable vapours of the cabin, they covered her, in return for her exertions, with some pieces of sail-cloth and ends of tarpaulin, which sufficed to keep her tolerably dry and to shelter her grandfather besides.