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/vair lee"brist/, n. a person who writes free verse. [1915-20; see VERS-LIBRISTE] * * *
/vair'lee breest"/; Fr. /verdd lee brddeest"/, n., pl. vers-libristes /-lee breests"/; Fr. /-lee brddeest"/. vers-librist. [ < F; see VERS LIBRE, -IST] * * *
Trig. See versed sine. * * *
Versace, Gianni
born Dec. 2, 1946, Reggio Calabria, Italy died July 15, 1997, Miami Beach, Fla., U.S. Italian fashion designer. He was born to a dressmaker mother. After working for several ...
/ver suy", veuhr-/ or, Fr. /verdd sah"yeu/, n. a city in and the capital of Yvelines, in N France, ab. 12 mi. (19 km) SW of Paris: palace of the French kings; peace treaty ...
Versailles, Palace of
Baroque palace southwest of Paris built chiefly under Louis XIV. It was the principal residence of the French kings and the seat of government from 1682 to 1789, with some 1,000 ...
Versailles, Treaty of
International agreement, signed in 1919 at the Palace of Versailles, that concluded World War I. It was negotiated primarily by the U.S., Britain, and France, without ...
/verr"seuhl/, adj. Archaic. universal or whole. [1585-95; shortening of UNIVERSAL; cf. VARSITY] * * *
Versalle, Richard
▪ 1997       U.S. opera singer and tenor with the New York City Metropolitan Opera since 1978; he died onstage after having sung the line "Too bad you can only live so ...
/verr"seuhnt/, n. 1. a slope of a mountain or mountain chain. 2. the general slope of a country or region. [1850-55; < F, n. use of prp. of verser to turn < L versare, freq. of ...
—versatilely, adv. —versatility, versatileness, n. /verr"seuh tl/ or, esp. Brit., /-tuyl'/, adj. 1. capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various ...
See versatile. * * *
See versatilely. * * *
See versatilely. * * *
/verrs/, n., adj., v., versed, versing. n. 1. (not in technical use) a stanza. 2. a succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orally composed as one line; one of the lines ...
/verrst/, adj. experienced; practiced; skilled; learned (usually fol. by in): She was well versed in Greek and Latin. [1600-10; < L versatus busied, engaged (see VERSATILE), with ...
versed cosine.
See coversed sine. * * *
versed sine
Trig. one minus the cosine of a given angle or arc. Abbr.: vers. Also called versine, versin. [1590-1600] * * *
versed cosine n. Abbr. covers A trigonometric function of an angle equal to one minus the sine of that angle. Also called coversine.   [versed sine + cosine.] * * *
versed sine n. Abbr. vers A trigonometric function of an angle equal to one minus the cosine of that angle. Also called versine.   [Translation of New Latin sinus versus: sinus, ...
/verr"sit/, n. 1. Pros. a brief verse, esp. from Scripture. 2. Music. a brief piece for pipe organ, formerly used as part of the music for the Catholic Mass. 3. Archaic. ...
/verr"si keuhl/, n. 1. a little verse. 2. Eccles. a short verse, usually from the Psalms, said or sung by the officiant, after which the congregation recites a response. Cf. ...
/verr"si kul'euhr/, adj. 1. changeable in color: versicolor skies. 2. of various colors; parti-colored: a versicolor flower arrangement. Also, esp. Brit., versicolour. [1620-30; ...
/veuhr sik"yeuh leuhr/, adj. of or consisting of verses. [1805-15; < L versicul(us) VERSICLE + -AR1] * * *
/vers yair"euh, verrs-/, n. Geom. See witch of Agnesi. [ < It: witch, fem. of OIt aversiere < OF, OPr aversier devil < L adversarius ADVERSARY] * * *
/verr'seuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of versifying. 2. verse form; metrical structure. 3. a metrical version of something. 4. the art or practice of composing ...
versifier [vʉr′sə fī΄ər] n. 1. a person who versifies; poet 2. a writer of mediocre verse; poetaster * * * See versification. * * *
—versifier, n. /verr"seuh fuy'/, v., versified, versifying. v.t. 1. to relate, describe, or treat (something) in verse. 2. to convert (prose or other writing) into metrical ...
/verr"suyn/, n. Trig. See versed sine. Also, versin. * * *
—versional, adj. /verr"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n. 1. a particular account of some matter, as from one person or source, contrasted with some other account: two different versions of ...
See version. * * *
vers li·bre (vĕr lēʹbrə) n. Free verse.   [French : vers, verse + libre, free.] * * *
/verr"soh/, n., pl. versos. Print. a left-hand page of an open book or manuscript (opposed to recto). [1830-40; short for L in verso folio on the turned leaf] * * *
/verrst, verst/, n. a Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile or 1.067 kilometers. Also, verste, werste. [1545-55; < F verste or G Werst < Russ ...
/verr"seuhs, -seuhz/, prep. 1. against (used esp. to indicate an action brought by one party against another in a court of law, or to denote competing teams or players in a ...
/verrt/, n. 1. Eng. Forest Law. a. vegetation bearing green leaves in a forest and capable of serving as a cover for deer. b. the right to cut such vegetation. 2. Heraldry. the ...
vertical. * * *
a combining form of vertebra: vertebral. * * *
/verr"teuh breuh/, n., pl. vertebrae /-bree', -bray'/, vertebras. Anat., Zool. any of the bones or segments composing the spinal column, consisting typically of a cylindrical ...
—vertebrally, adv. /verr"teuh breuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a vertebra or the vertebrae; spinal. 2. resembling a vertebra. 3. composed of or having vertebrae. [1675-85; ...
vertebral canal.
See spinal canal. [1825-35] * * *
vertebral column
or spinal column or spine or backbone Flexible column extending the length of the torso. In humans, it consists of 32–34 vertebrae, with different shapes and functions in ...
vertebral column.
See spinal column. [1815-25] * * *
vertebral canal n. See spinal canal. * * *
vertebral column n. See spinal column. * * *
See vertebral. * * *
/ver'teuh bray"teuh, -brah"-/, n. the subphylum comprising the vertebrate animals. [1820-30; < NL, neut. pl. of L vertebratus VERTEBRATE] * * *
/verr"teuh brit, -brayt'/, adj. 1. having vertebrae; having a backbone or spinal column. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Vertebrata (or Craniata), a subphylum of chordate ...
/verr"teuh bray'tid/, adj. 1. having vertebrae; vertebral; vertebrate. 2. composed of vertebrae or having segments resembling vertebrae. [1820-30; VERTEBRATE + -ED2] * * *
/verr'teuh bray"sheuhn/, n. vertebrate formation. [1880-85; VERTEBRATE + -ION] * * *
/verr'teuh bray"teuhs/, adj. Meteorol. (of a cloud) having elements arranged in a riblike pattern. [ < NL; see VERTEBRATE] * * *
/verr"teks/, n., pl. vertexes, vertices /-teuh seez'/. 1. the highest point of something; apex; summit; top: the vertex of a mountain. 2. Anat., Zool. the crown or top of the ...
—verticality, verticalness, verticalism, n. —vertically, adv. /verr"ti keuhl/, adj. 1. being in a position or direction perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; upright; ...
vertical angle
Geom. one of two opposite and equal angles formed by the intersection of two lines. [1565-75] * * *
vertical circle
Astron. a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the zenith. [1550-60] * * *
vertical combination
the integration within one company of individual businesses working separately in related phases of the production and sale of a product. Also called vertical integration. * * *
vertical divestiture
the disposal of some or all the subsidiaries that make up a company's vertical combination through voluntary sale or legal compulsion. [1970-75] * * *
vertical envelopment
Mil. envelopment of an enemy accomplished by parachuting and landing airborne troops at the rear of the enemy's position. * * *
vertical file
1. a collection of pamphlets, pictures, clippings, or other materials stored upright, as in a filing cabinet or cabinets. 2. a cabinet for such storage. [1905-10] * * *
vertical integration
Form of business organization in which all stages of production of a good, from the acquisition of raw materials to the retailing of the final product, are controlled by one ...
vertical lift bridge.
See lift bridge. Also, vertical-lift bridge. * * *
vertical mobility
Sociol. 1. movement from one social level to a higher one (upward mobility) or a lower one (downward mobility), as by changing jobs or marrying. 2. cultural diffusion from one ...
vertical stabilizer
Aeron. the fixed vertical surface of an aircraft empennage, to which the rudder is hinged. Also called fin, vertical fin. * * *
vertical tasting
a tasting of different vintages of one particular wine. * * *
vertical union
vertical union n. INDUSTRIAL UNION * * *
vertical union.
See industrial union. [1930-35] * * *
vertical angle Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. Either of two angles formed by two intersecting lines and lying on opposite sides of the point of intersection. * * *
vertical circle n. A great circle on the celestial sphere that passes through the zenith and the nadir and thus is perpendicular to the horizon. * * *
vertical file n. A collection of resource materials, such as pamphlets, clippings from periodicals, and mounted photographs, arranged for ready reference, as in a library or an ...
See vertical. * * *
See verticality. * * *
vertically challenged
(used as a euphemism) short in stature. * * *
See verticality. * * *
vertical union n. An industrial union. * * *
/verr"teuh seez'/, n. a pl. of vertex. * * *
/verr"teuh sil/, n. Bot., Zool. a whorl or circle, as of leaves or hairs, arranged around a point on an axis. [1695-1705; < L verticillus spindle whorl, equiv. to vertic- (s. of ...
—verticillastrate /verr"teuh si las'trayt, -trit/, adj. /verr'teuh si las"teuhr/, n. Bot. an inflorescence in which the flowers are arranged in a seeming whorl, consisting in ...
See verticillaster. * * *
—verticillately, adv. —verticillation, n. /veuhr tis"euh lit, -layt', verr'teuh sil"ayt, -it/, adj. Biol. 1. disposed in or forming verticils or whorls, as flowers or ...
See verticillate. * * *
See verticillately. * * *
verticillium wilt
/verr'teuh sil"ee euhm/, Plant Pathol. a disease affecting many temperate-climate plants in hot weather, caused by soil-inhabiting fungi of the genus Verticillium and ...
—vertiginously, adv. —vertiginousness, n. /veuhr tij"euh neuhs/, adj. 1. whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air. 2. affected with vertigo; dizzy. 3. liable ...
See vertiginous. * * *
See vertiginously. * * *
/verr"ti goh'/, n., pl. vertigoes, vertigines /veuhr tij"euh neez'/. Pathol. a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting or spinning ...
/verr"teuh sawl', -sol'/, n. a clay-rich soil in which deep cracks form during the dry season. Cf. black land. [1955-60; VERTI(CAL) + -SOL] * * * ▪ FAO soil group  one of ...
Vertov, Dziga
▪ Soviet director pseudonym  of Denis Arkadyevich Kaufman   born Jan. 2, 1896, [Dec. 21, 1895, Old Style], Belostok, Russia died Feb. 12, 1954, Moscow       Soviet ...
/veuhr tooh", verr"tooh/, n. virtu. * * *
Vertue, George
▪ British antiquarian and engraver born Nov. 17, 1684, London, Eng. died July 24, 1756, London       British antiquarian and engraver known primarily for his portraits ...
Vertumnus [vər tum′nəs] n. 〚L, altered (infl. by vertere, to turn) < Vortumnus, of Etr orig.〛 Rom. Myth. the god of the changing seasons and of growing flowers and ...
Verulam [ver′yo͞o ləm] Baron see BACON Francis * * *
/ver'yoo lay"mee euhn/, adj. of or pertaining to Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam. [1665-75; Verulam + -IAN] * * *
/ver'yoo lay"mee euhm/, n. ancient name of St. Albans. * * * ▪ ancient city, England, United Kingdom also called (Celtic)  Verlamio  or  Verlamion        pre-Roman ...
Verus, Lucius
▪ Roman emperor in full  Lucius Aurelius Verus , also called (AD 136–161)  Lucius Ceionius Aelius Aurelius Commodus Antoninus , original name  Lucius Ceionius ...
/verr"vayn/, n. any plant belonging to the genus Verbena, of the verbena family, having elongated or flattened spikes of stalkless flowers. [1350-1400; ME vervaine < AF, MF ...
vervain family.
See verbena family. * * *
/verrv/, n. 1. enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit: Her latest novel lacks verve. 2. vivaciousness; liveliness; animation: I like a teacher with plenty ...
/verr vel"/, n. Armor. any of a number of staples riveted along the base of a basinet to hold an aventail. [appar. < MF vervelle, OF verviele hinge, ring on a hawk's leash < VL ...
/verr"vit/, n. an African monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus, allied to the green monkey and the grivet, but distinguished by a rusty patch at the root of the ...
vervet monkey
or vervet Any of several African races of slim, arboreal, diurnal Old World monkeys of the guenon species Cercopithecus aethiops and C. pygerythrus (family ...
Verwey, Albert
▪ Dutch poet born May 15, 1865, Amsterdam, Neth. died March 8, 1937, Noordwijk aan Zee       Dutch poet, scholar, and literary historian who played an important role in ...
/feuhrdd voohrddt"/, n. Hendrik Frensch /hen"drddik frddens/, 1901-66, South African political leader, born in the Netherlands: prime minister 1958-66. * * *
Verwoerd, Hendrik (Frensch)
born Sept. 8, 1901, Amsterdam, Neth. died Sept. 6, 1966, Cape Town, S.Af. Dutch-born South African prime minister (1958–66). He was taken to South Africa as an infant by his ...
Verwoerd, Hendrik Frensch
▪ prime minister of South Africa born Sept. 8, 1901, Amsterdam, Neth. died Sept. 6, 1966, Cape Town, S.Af.  South African professor, editor, and statesman who as prime ...
Verwoerd,Hendrik Frensch
Ver·woerd (fər-vo͞ortʹ), Hendrik Frensch. 1901-1966. South African politician who as prime minister (1958-1966) pursued a policy of apartheid and removed South Africa from ...
/ver"ee/, adv., adj., (Obs.) verier, veriest. adv. 1. in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall. 2. (used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or ...
very high frequency
any frequency between 30 and 300 megahertz. Abbr.: VHF * * *
Very Large Array
Astron. a set of 27 radio telescopes arranged in a Y-shaped pattern, each arm of which is approximately 13 mi. (21 km) long, and located near Socorro, N.M.; computer-processed ...
Very Large Array (VLA)
Radio telescope system consisting of 27 parabolic dishes. The most powerful radio telescope in the world, it has been operated on the plains of San Agustin near Socorro, N.M., ...
very large crude carrier.
See VLCC [1980-85] * * *
very large scale integration
Electronics. See VLSI. * * *
Very lights
/ver"ee/ a variety of colored signal flares, fired from a special pistol (Very pistol). [1910-15; after E. W. Very (1847-1907), U.S. inventor] * * *
very long baseline interferometry
Radio Astron. an interferometry technique that enhances angular resolution in the observation of radio signals from distant celestial objects, as quasars, by combining signals ...
very low frequency
any frequency between 3 and 30 kilohertz. Abbr.: VLF [1940-45] * * *
Very Rev
(also the Very Revd) ➡ Very Reverend. * * *
Very Revd
➡ Very Rev * * *
Very Reverend
the official form of address for officers of the clergy or religious orders below the rank of bishop, abbot, or abbess. * * *
Very signal
Very signal or Very light [ver′ē, vir′ē] n. 〚after E. W. Very (1847-1910), U.S. ordnance expert, who invented it〛 a colored flare fired from a special pistol (Very ...
Very, Jones
▪ American poet and mystic born August 28, 1813, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S. died May 8, 1880, Salem       American Transcendentalist poet and Christian ...
veryhigh frequency
very high frequency n. Abbr. VHF A band of radio frequencies falling between 30 and 300 megahertz. * * *
VeryLarge Array
Ver·y Large Array (vĕrʹē) n. Abbr. VLA A Y-shaped pattern of radio telescopes in New Mexico with a radius of 21 kilometers (13 miles). * * *
verylow frequency
very low frequency n. Abbr. VLF A band of radio frequencies falling between 3 and 30 kilohertz. * * *
verylow-density lipoprotein
very low-density lipoprotein n. Abbr. VLDL A lipoprotein containing a very large proportion of lipids to protein and carrying most cholesterol from the liver to the tissues. * * *
Ver·y pistol (vĕrʹē, vîrʹē) n. A pistol used for firing colored signal flares.   [After Edward WilsonVery (1847-1910), American naval officer.] * * *
Vesaas, Tarjei
▪ Norwegian author born Aug. 20, 1897, Vinje, Nor. died March 15, 1970, Vinje       Norwegian novelist and short-story writer whose symbolic and allegorical narratives ...
/vi say"lee euhs, -sayl"yeuhs/, n. Andreas /ahn drdde"ahs/, 1514-64, Flemish anatomist. * * *
Vesalius, Andreas
Flemish Andries van Wesel born Dec. 1514, Brussels died June 1564, island of Zacynthus, Republic of Venice Flemish physician. Born into a family of physicians, he studied ...
Ve·sa·li·us (vĭ-sāʹlē-əs, -zāʹ-), Andreas. 1514-1564. Flemish anatomist and surgeon who is considered the founder of modern anatomy. His major work, On the Structure ...
Vesco, Robert Lee
▪ American financier born Dec. 4, 1935, Detroit, Mich., U.S. died Nov. 23, 2007, Havana, Cuba       American financier, once considered the boy wonder of international ...
/vee"zee/, n. Denmark, 1767-1822, black freedman, born probably on St. Thomas, Danish West Indies: hanged as alleged leader of a slave insurrection, in Charleston, S.C. * * *
Vesey, Denmark
born с 1767, probably St. Thomas, Danish West Indies died July 2, 1822, Charleston, S.C., U.S. U.S. insurrectionist. Born into slavery, he was sold to a Bermuda slaver ...
Ve·sey (vēʹzē), Denmark. 1767?-1822. American insurrectionist. A freed slave in South Carolina, he was implicated in the planning of a large uprising of slaves and was ...
/veuh suy"keuh, -see"-, ves"i keuh/, n., pl. vesicae /-see, -see', -kee, -kee'/. 1. Anat. a bladder. 2. See vesica piscis. [1675-85; < L vesica] * * *
vesica piscis
/veuh suy"keuh puy"sis, pis"is; veuh see"keuh pis"kis, ves"i keuh/, Fine Arts. an elliptical figure in pointed form, usually one made by the intersection of two arcs and used, ...
/ves"i keuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a vesica or bladder, esp. the urinary bladder. 2. resembling a bladder, as in shape or form; elliptical. [1790-1800; < ML vesicalis, ...
/ves"i keuhnt/, adj. 1. producing a blister or blisters, as a medicinal substance; vesicating. n. 2. a vesicant agent or substance. 3. (in chemical warfare) a chemical agent that ...
vesica pis·cis (pīʹsĭs, pĭsʹĭs) n. A pointed oval shape used in medieval Christian art as an aureole to surround a sacred figure.   [New Latin vēsīca piscis: Latin ...
—vesication, n. /ves"i kayt'/, v.t., vesicated, vesicating. to raise vesicles or blisters on; blister. [1650-60; < NL vesicatus (ptp. of vesicare to blister), equiv. to ...
See vesicate. * * *
/ves"i keuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, veuh sik"euh-/, adj., n., pl. vesicatories. vesicant. [1595-1605; < NL vesicatorius. See VESICATE, -TORY1] * * *
/ves"i keuhl/, n. 1. a small sac or cyst. 2. Biol. a small bladderlike cavity, esp. one filled with fluid. 3. Pathol. a circumscribed elevation of the epidermis containing serous ...
vesico- [ves′i kō, ves′ikə] 〚< L vesica, bladder〛 combining form 1. bladder [vesicotomy] 2. bladder and [vesicouterine] * * *
—vesicularly, adv. /veuh sik"yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a vesicle or vesicles. 2. having the form of a vesicle. 3. characterized by or consisting of ...
vesicular exanthema
Vet. Pathol. an infectious viral disease of swine, characterized by blisters on the snout, mucous membranes, and feet. * * * ▪ animal disease       viral disease of ...
vesicular stomatitis
Vet. Pathol. a disease of horses, swine, and cattle, similar in its symptoms to foot-and-mouth disease, and characterized by blisters on the lips, snout, and oral mucous ...
vesicular exanthema n. An acute, highly infectious viral disease of swine characterized by formation of vesicles on the snout, the mucous membranes of the mouth, and the feet. * ...
See vesicular. * * *
vesicular stomatitis n. An acute viral disease of cattle, swine, and horses, transmitted by mosquitoes and other insects and having symptoms resembling those of foot-and-mouth ...
—vesiculation, n. adj. /veuh sik"yeuh lit, -layt'/; v. /veuh sik"yeuh layt'/, adj., v., vesiculated, vesiculating. adj. 1. characterized by or covered with vesicles. 2. of the ...
See vesiculate. * * *
▪ pathology       inflammation and infection of the seminal vesicles (seminal vesicle) in the male reproductive (reproductive system disease) tract. The seminal vesicles ...
▪ France       town, capital of Haute-Saône département, Franche-Comté région, eastern France. It lies between the isolated conical hill, La Motte (1,263 feet [384 ...
/ve spay"zheuhn, -zhee euhn/, n. (Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus) A.D. 9-79, Roman emperor 70-79. * * * in full Caesar Vespasianus Augustus orig. Titus Flavius ...
(as used in expressions) Titus Flavius Vespasianus Titus Vespasianus Augustus Caesar Vespasianus Augustus * * *
/ves"peuhr/, n. 1. (cap.) the evening star, esp. Venus; Hesper. 2. Also called vesper bell. a bell rung at evening. 3. vespers, (sometimes cap.) Eccles. a. a religious service in ...
vesper bat
▪ mammal also called  evening bat        large family of bats numbering more than 400 species. They are found worldwide in both tropical and temperate regions, their ...
vesper mouse.
See white-footed mouse. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
vesper sparrow
a common finch, Pooecetes gramineus, of fields and pastures in North America, noted for its evening song. Also called grass finch. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
/ves"peuhr euhl/, n. Eccles. 1. the part of an antiphonary containing the chants for vespers. 2. a cloth used between offices to cover the altar cloth. [1615-25; < LL vesperalis. ...
ves·pers also Ves·pers (vĕsʹpərz) pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) 1. Ecclesiastical. a. The sixth of the seven canonical hours. b. A worship service held in the late ...
vesper sparrow n. A North American sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) having white markings on its outer tail feathers.   [From its singing in the evening.] * * *
/ves"peuhr tuyd'/, n. the period of vespers; evening. [1800-10; VESPER + TIDE1] * * *
vespertilionid [ves΄pər til′ē ə nid΄] n. 〚< ModL Vespertilionidae < L vespertilio (gen. vespertilionis), a bat (< vesper, evening: see VESPER) + -ID〛 any of a large ...
—vespertilionid /ves'peuhr til"ee euh nid/, n., adj. /ves'peuhr til"ee euh nuyn', -nin/, adj. of or pertaining to the bats of the subfamily Vespertilioninae, common in ...
/ves"peuhr tin, -tuyn'/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or occurring in the evening: vespertine stillness. 2. Bot. opening or expanding in the evening, as certain flowers. 3. Zool. ...
/ves"pee er'ee/, n., pl. vespiaries. a nest of social wasps. [1810-20; < L vesp(a) WASP + (AP)IARY] * * *
/ves"pid/, n. 1. any of numerous, mostly colonial, nest-building wasps of the family Vespidae, as the yellow jackets, hornets, and mason wasps. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to ...
/ves"puyn, -pin/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to wasps. 2. resembling a wasp. [1835-45; < L vesp(a) WASP + -INE1] * * *
/ve spooh"chee, -spyooh"-/; It. /ves pooht"chee/, n. Amerigo /euh mer"i goh'/; It. /ah'me rddee"gaw/, (Americus Vespucius), 1451-1512, Italian merchant, adventurer, and explorer ...
Vespucci, Amerigo
born 1454, Florence died 1512, Sevilla Italian-born Spanish navigator and explorer of the New World. He entered the Medici family business and in 1491 was sent to Sevilla, ...
Ves·puc·ci (vĕs-po͞oʹchē, -pyo͞oʹ-), Amerigo. Latin name Americus Vespucius. 1454-1512. Italian navigator and explorer of the South American coast. America was named in ...
—vesseled; esp. Brit., vesselled, adj. /ves"euhl/, n. 1. a craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat; a ship or boat. 2. an airship. 3. a ...
vessel flute
▪ musical instrument also called  globular flute        musical instrument, an aerophone with a closed, spherically shaped body and a blow hole and sometimes with ...
—vestless, adj. —vestlike, adj. /vest/, n. 1. a close-fitting, waist-length, sleeveless garment that buttons down the front, designed to be worn under a jacket. 2. a part or ...
Vest Fjord
▪ fjord, Norway Norwegian  Vestfjorden        fjord, in the Norwegian Sea off the northwestern coast of Norway. Formed by the Norwegian mainland to the east and the ...
/vest"pok'it/, adj. 1. designed to be carried in the pocket of the vest, in a purse, or in a similarly small space; miniature: a vest-pocket dictionary. 2. very small: a ...
vest-pocket park.
See pocket park. [1965-70] * * *
/ves"teuh/, n. 1. the ancient Roman goddess of the hearth, worshiped in a temple containing an altar on which a sacred fire was kept burning by the vestal virgins: identified ...
Vesta Tilley
➡ Tilley * * *
/ves"tl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the goddess Vesta. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vestal virgin; chaste; pure. n. 3. See vestal virgin. 4. a chaste unmarried ...
vestal virgin
(in ancient Rome) one of four, later six, virgins consecrated to Vesta and to the tending of the sacred fire on her altar. [1400-50; late ME] * * * In Roman religion, any of six ...
Vestal Virgins
▪ Roman religion  in Roman religion, six priestesses, representing the daughters of the royal house, who tended the state cult of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth. The cult ...
vestal virgin or Vestal Virgin n. Roman Mythology One of the priestesses who tended the sacred fire in the temple of Vesta in ancient Rome and remained celibate during their ...
Vestavia Hills
/ve stay"vee euh/ a city in central Alabama, near Birmingham. 15,733. * * *
Vestdijk, Simon
▪ Dutch writer born Oct. 17, 1898, Harlingen, Neth. died March 23, 1971, Utrecht       prolific Dutch writer whose early novels, with their unrelenting exposure of the ...
/ves"tid/, adj. 1. held completely, permanently, and inalienably: vested rights. 2. protected or established by law, commitment, tradition, ownership, etc.: vested contributions ...
vested interest
1. a special interest in an existing system, arrangement, or institution for particular personal reasons. 2. a permanent right given to an employee under a pension plan. 3. ...
vested interest n. 1. Law. A right or title, as to present or future possession of an estate, that can be conveyed to another. 2. A fixed right granted to an employee under a ...
/ve stee"/, n. 1. a decorative front piece worn under a woman's jacket or blouse so as to be visible at the neckline. 2. vest (def. 2). Cf. dickey1 (def. 1). [1905-10; VEST (n.) ...
▪ island group, Norway       island group, in the Norwegian Sea, northern Norway. Forming the northern end of the Lofoten-Vesterålen archipelago, the Vesterålen ...
Vesterålen Islands
/ves"teuh raw'leuhn/ a group of islands, belonging to Norway, in the Norwegian Sea, NE of the Lofoten Islands: rich fishing grounds. * * *
/ves"tee er'ee/, adj. of or pertaining to garments or vestments. [1615-25; < ML vestiarius, equiv. to vesti(s) (see VEST) + -arius -ARY] * * *
/ve stib"yeuh leuhr/, adj. of, pertaining to, or resembling a vestibule. [1830-40; VESTIBULE + -AR1] * * *
vestibular nerve
Anat. the part of the auditory nerve in the inner ear that carries sensory information related to body equilibrium. [1870-75] * * *
vestibular nerve n. A division of the acoustic nerve that conducts impulses related to maintaining balance to the brain.   [From the role of the vestibule to the ear in ...
/ves"teuh byoohl'/, n., v., vestibuled, vestibuling. n. 1. a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building. 2. Railroads. an ...
vestibule school
a school in an industrial establishment where new employees are given specific training in the jobs they are to perform. [1915-20] * * *
vestibulo-ocular reflex
▪ nervous system       eye (eye, human) movement that functions to stabilize gaze by countering movement of the head. In VOR the semicircular canals of the inner ear ...
vestibulocochlear nerve
▪ anatomy also called  Auditory Nerve, Acoustic Nerve, or Eighth Cranial Nerve,         nerve in the human ear, serving the organs of equilibrium and of hearing. It ...
ves·tib·u·lo·coch·le·ar nerve (vĕ-stĭb'yə-lō-kŏkʹlē-ər, -kōʹklē-) n. The acoustic nerve. * * *
/ves"tij/, n. 1. a mark, trace, or visible evidence of something that is no longer present or in existence: A few columns were the last vestiges of a Greek temple. 2. a surviving ...
—vestigially, adv. /ve stij"ee euhl, -stij"euhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a vestige: a vestigial tail. [1880-85; < L vestigi(um) VESTIGE + -AL1] * * *
See vestigial. * * *
/ve stij"ee euhm/, n., pl. vestigia /ve stij"ee euh/. Anat. a vestigial structure of any kind; vestige. [1630-40; < L vestigium footprint, trace] * * *
vestimentiferan n. Any of various marine tubeworms, including the giant tubeworms, of the phylum Vestimentifera, that lack a digestive system, depend on chemoautotrophic bacteria ...
/ves"ting/, n. 1. cloth that is usually of medium or heavy weight and has figures or ridges, as piqué, jacquard, dobby silk, or Bedford cord, originally used for decorative ...
▪ people       ancient Sabine tribe, which occupied the eastern and northern bank of the Aternus (modern Aterno) River in central Italy. They entered into the Roman ...
▪ geographical region, Norway       geographical region, southwestern Norway, covering an area of about 22,592 square miles (58,512 square km). Providing the most ...
Vestmanna Islands
▪ islands, Iceland Vestmanna also spelled  Vestmann  or  Westman , Icelandic  Vestmannaeyjar        group of 14 small Icelandic islands off Iceland's southern ...
/vest"mah neuh ay'yahr/, n. 1. a group of 14 small Icelandic islands off the S coast of Iceland. 2. the main town of these islands. 4618. * * *
—vestmental /vest men"tl/, adj. —vestmented, adj. /vest"meuhnt/, n. 1. a garment, esp. an outer garment. 2. vestments, Chiefly Literary. attire; clothing. 3. an official or ...
See vestment. * * *
Vestris (Marie-Jean-) Auguste
born March 27, 1760, Paris, Fr. died Dec. 5, 1842, Paris French ballet dancer. He was trained by his father, Gaétan Vestris, before making his formal debut in 1776. His ...
Vestris family
▪ French family Introduction       a family of dancers who dominated French ballet for nearly a century, most notably Gaétan Vestris (in full Gaetano Apollino ...
Vestris, Gaétan
orig. Gaetano Appolino Baldassare born April 18, 1729, Florence, Italy died Sept. 23, 1808, Paris, Fr. French ballet dancer and teacher. His style was flamboyant while ...
Vestris, Madame
▪ British actress and manager married name (from 1838) Lucia Elizabeth, or Elizabetta, Mathews, née Bartolozzi born Jan. 3, 1797, London died Aug. 8, 1856, London  British ...
—vestral, adj. /ves"tree/, n., pl. vestries. 1. a room in or a building attached to a church, in which the vestments, and sometimes liturgical objects, are kept; sacristy. 2. ...
/ves"tree meuhn/, n., pl. vestrymen. a member of a church vestry. [1605-15; VESTRY + MAN1] * * *
ves·try·wom·an (vĕsʹtrē-wo͝om'ən) n. A woman who is a member of a vestry. * * *
—vestural, adj. /ves"cheuhr/, n., v., vestured, vesturing. n. 1. Law. a. everything growing on and covering the land, with the exception of trees. b. any such covering, as ...
/veuh sooh"vee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling Mount Vesuvius; volcanic. n. 2. (l.c.) a type of match formerly used for lighting cigars; fusee. [1665-75; ...
/veuh sooh"vee euh nuyt'/, n. a mineral, chiefly a hydrous silicate of calcium and aluminum, commonly in tetragonal crystals and usually of a brown to green color; ...
vesuvianite jade
a green variety of vesuvianite, used as a gem: not a true jade. Also, vesuvian jade. Also called californite. * * *
/veuh sooh"vee euhs/, n. Mount, an active volcano in SW Italy, near Naples. Its eruption destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum A.D. 79. ab. 3900 ft. (1190 m). * ...
Ve·su·vi·us (vĭ-so͞oʹvē-əs), Mount A volcano, 1,281 m (4,200 ft) high, of southern Italy on the eastern shore of the Bay of Naples. A violent eruption in A.D. 79 ...
▪ Hungary  city of county status and seat of Veszprém megye (county), western Hungary. It lies along the Séd River, spanned there by a viaduct, in the Bakony Mountains, ...
vet1 /vet/, n., v., vetted, vetting. Informal. n. 1. veterinarian. v.t. 2. to examine or treat in one's capacity as a veterinarian or as a doctor. 3. to appraise, verify, or ...
1. veteran. 2. veterinarian. 3. veterinary. * * *
vet. med.
veterinary medicine. * * *
vet. sci.
veterinary science. * * *
—vetchlike, adj. /vech/, n. 1. any of several mostly climbing plants belonging to the genus Vicia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves ending in tendrils and bearing ...
/vech"ling/, n. any of several slender, climbing plants belonging to the genus Lathyrus, of the legume family, similar to the vetch but having a winged or angular stem, as L. ...
veterinary. * * *
/vet"euhr euhn, ve"treuhn/, n. 1. a person who has had long service or experience in an occupation, office, or the like: a veteran of the police force; a veteran of many sports ...
➡ Vietnam War * * *
Veterans Administration
the federal agency charged with administering benefits provided by law for veterans of the armed forces. Abbr.: VA, V.A. * * *
Veterans Day
November 11, a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the end of World Wars I and II and in honor of veterans of the armed services. Formerly, Armistice Day. [‡1950-55, ...
Veterans of Foreign Wars
☆ Veterans of Foreign Wars n. an organization of U.S. veterans who have served in foreign wars: founded in 1899 * * * (abbr VFW) a large organization for former members of the ...
Vet·er·ans Day (vĕtʹər-ənz, vĕtʹrənz) n. November 11, observed in the United States in honor of veterans of the armed services and in commemoration of the armistice that ...
/vet'euhr euh nair"ee euhn, ve'treuh-/, n. a person who practices veterinary medicine or surgery. [1640-50; < L veterinari(us) VETERINARY + -AN] * * *
/vet"euhr euh ner'ee, ve"treuh-/, n., pl. veterinaries, adj. n. 1. a veterinarian. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the medical and surgical treatment of animals, esp. domesticated ...
veterinary medicine
the branch of medicine dealing with the study, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals, esp. domesticated animals. [1780-90] * * * also called  veterinary ...
veterinary science
Medical field dealing with animals and with diseases that are contagious between animals and humans. It was a medical specialty in ancient Egypt and Babylonia but went through a ...
veterinary surgeon
1. Chiefly Brit. a veterinarian. 2. a veterinarian who practices surgery. [1795-1805] * * *
veterinary medicine n. The branch of medicine that deals with the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injuries of animals, especially domestic animals. * * *
veterinary surgeon n. A veterinarian. * * *
/vet"euh veuhr/, n. 1. the long, fibrous, aromatic roots of an East Indian grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, used for making hangings and screens and yielding an oil used in ...
vet·i·vert (vĕtʹə-vûrt') n. The essential oil of the vetiver.   [Alteration of vetiver.] * * *
Vet·lu·ga (vĕt-lo͞oʹgə) A river, about 850 km (528 mi) long, of central Russia flowing generally southward to the Volga River. * * *
—vetoer, n. /vee"toh/, n., pl. vetoes, v., vetoed, vetoing. n. 1. the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., ...
See veto. * * *
➡ Corvette * * *
/vet"euhr/, n. Vätter. * * *
(1951– ) a Scottish artist whose paintings of people have become so popular in Britain that he is often described as Britain’s favourite artist. More prints of his paintings ...
Veuillot, Louis
▪ French writer and politician born Oct. 11, 1813, Boynes, France died March 7, 1883, Paris       author and leader within France of extreme Ultramontanism, a movement ...
▪ Belgium French  Furnes,         municipality, West Flanders province, western Belgium. The municipality lies at the junction of four canals, northeast of Dunkerque. ...
—vexer, n. —vexingly, adv. /veks/, v.t. 1. to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him. 2. to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money ...
/vek say"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of vexing. 2. the state of being vexed; irritation; annoyance: vexation at missing the bus. 3. something that vexes; a cause of annoyance; ...
—vexatiously, adv. —vexatiousness, n. /vek say"sheuhs/, adj. 1. causing vexation; troublesome; annoying: a vexatious situation. 2. Law. (of legal actions) instituted without ...
See vexatious. * * *
See vexatiously. * * *
—vexedly /vek"sid lee/, adv. —vexedness, n. /vekst/, adj. 1. irritated; annoyed: vexed at the slow salesclerks. 2. much discussed or disputed: a vexed question. 3. tossed ...
See vex. * * *

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