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See voluminosity. * * *
/voh"loond/, n. Scand. Myth. Wayland. * * *
See voluntary. * * *
See voluntarily. * * *
—voluntarist, n., adj. —voluntaristic, adj. /vol"euhn teuh riz'euhm/, n. 1. Philos. any theory that regards will as the fundamental agency or principle, in metaphysics, ...
See voluntarism. * * *
See voluntarist. * * *
—voluntarily /vol'euhn tair"euh lee, vol"euhn ter'-/, adv. —voluntariness, n. /vol"euhn ter'ee/, adj., n., pl. voluntaries. adj. 1. done, made, brought about, undertaken, ...
voluntary abortion
abortion (def. 1). * * *
voluntary association
a group of individuals joined together on the basis of mutual interest or common objectives, esp. a business group that is not organized or constituted as a legal entity. * * *
Voluntary Euthanasia Society
a British organization whose aim is to change the law to make it legal to help very ill people who want to die to do so and to help people to make living wills that make clear ...
voluntary muscle
Anat. muscle whose action is normally controlled by an individual's will; mainly skeletal muscle, composed of parallel bundles of striated, multinucleate fibers. [1780-90] * * *
voluntary school
n a type of British school run by a religious group or other independent organization. Voluntary schools receive money from the Local Education Authority in the same way as other ...
Voluntary Service Overseas
(abbr VSO) a British charity, established in 1958, which sends doctors, teachers, engineers and other skilled people to live and work in other countries. They usually stay and ...
voluntary work
Voluntary work is work that you do not get paid for and usually involves doing things to help other people, especially the elderly or the sick, or working on behalf of a charity ...
—voluntaryist, n. /vol"euhn ter'ee iz'euhm/, n. voluntarism (def. 2). [1825-35; VOLUNTARY + -ISM] * * *
See voluntaryism. * * *
voluntary muscle n. Muscle, such as striated muscle, normally controlled by individual volition. * * *
/vol'euhn tear"/, n. 1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. 2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. 3. Mil. a ...
volunteer army
a military force composed entirely of enlistees. * * *
Volunteer Reserve Forces
the branches of the British armed forces that are made up of volunteers (= people who train in their spare time to do various jobs that would be important in times of war or ...
volunteer reserves
➡ armed forces * * *
Volunteer State
Tennessee (used as a nickname). * * *
➡ voluntary work * * *
/vol'euhn tear"iz euhm/, n. 1. voluntarism (def. 2). 2. the policy or practice of volunteering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, ...
➡ national service * * *
Volunteers of America
a religious reform and relief organization, similar to the Salvation Army, founded in New York City in 1896 by Ballington Booth, son of William Booth, the founder of the ...
volupté [vō̂ lüp tā′] n. 〚Fr〛 intense pleasure that is both sensuous and spiritual; ecstasy; bliss * * *
/veuh lup"chooh er'ee/, n., pl. voluptuaries, adj. n. 1. a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or ...
—voluptuously, adv. —voluptuousness, voluptuosity /veuh lup'chooh os"i tee/, n. /veuh lup"chooh euhs/, adj. 1. full of, characterized by, or ministering to indulgence in ...
See voluptuous. * * *
See voluptuously. * * *
—voluted, adj. —volution, n. /veuh looht"/, n. 1. a spiral or twisted formation or object. 2. Archit. a spiral ornament, found esp. in the capitals of the Ionic, Corinthian, ...
volute spring
a coil spring, conical in shape, extending in the direction of the axis of the coil. See illus. under spring. [1860-65] * * *
See volute. * * *
/vol"yeuh tin/, n. Cell Biol. basophilic nucleoprotein granules in the cytoplasm or the vacuoles of certain microorganisms. [ < G Volutin (1903), equiv. to (Spirillum) volut(ans) ...
volution [və lo͞o′shən] n. 〚< L volutus: see VOLUTE〛 1. a revolving or rolling 2. a spiral turn or twist; coil; convolution 3. a whorl of a spiral shell or structure * * ...
—volvate /vol"vit, -vayt/, adj. /vol"veuh/, n. Mycol. the membranous envelope that encloses the base of various mushrooms formed when the velum ruptures. See diag. under ...
See volva. * * *
/vol"vel/, n. Astron. a medieval instrument consisting of a series of concentric rotating disks, used to compute the phases of the moon and its position in relation to that of ...
/vol"veuhnt/, n. Zool. a small, pear-shaped nematocyst discharging a thread that entangles its prey. [ < L volvent- (s. of volvens), prp. of volvere to turn, twist; see -ENT] * * ...
Volvo Aktiebolaget
▪ Swedish automaker       major Swedish manufacturer of automobiles and related products. Headquarters are in Göteborg.       Volvo was created in 1926 as a ...
Volvo Ocean Race
a major international race for sailing boats. They start and finish in Portsmouth or Southampton, England, and race in stages to different ports around the world. The race takes ...
▪ protist       any of a group of green algae (division Chlorophyta) that are common in fresh water. Colonies vary from loosely associated flat disks of similar ...
/vol"voks/, n. any colonial, freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox, forming a hollow, greenish sphere of flagellated cells. [1790-1800; < NL, equiv. to L volv(ere) to turn, ...
/vol"vyeuh leuhs/, n., pl. volvuluses. Pathol. a torsion, or twisting, of the intestine, causing intestinal obstruction. [1670-80; < NL, equiv. to L volv(ere) to turn, twist + ...
Volyn-Podilsk Upland
▪ plateau, Ukraine also spelled  Volyn-podolsk,        plateau extending between the Dniester and upper Bug river valleys in the west and the Dnieper River in the ...
Volzh·skiy (vôlzhʹskē, vôlshʹ-) A city of southwest Russia on the Volga River, a manufacturing suburb of Volgograd. Population: 281,947. * * *
/vawlsh"skee/; Russ. /vawlsh"skyee/, n. a city in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, near Volgograd on the Volga River. 257,000. Also, Volzhskiy. * * * ▪ Russia also ...
▪ Nigeria       town, Plateau state, central Nigeria, situated on the Jos Plateau near the source of the Kaduna River, 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Jos town. It is the ...
—vomerine /voh"meuh ruyn', -meuhr in, vom"euh ruyn', -euhr in/, adj. /voh"meuhr/, n. Anat. a bone of the skull in most vertebrates, in humans forming a large part of the septum ...
See vomer. * * *
/vom"i keuh/, n., pl. vomicae /-euh see'/. Pathol. 1. a cavity, usually in the lungs, containing pus. 2. the pus content of such a cavity. [1565-75; < L: a boil, ulcer, equiv. to ...
—vomiter, n. —vomitive, adj. —vomitously, adv. /vom"it/, v.i. 1. to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; regurgitate; throw up. 2. to belch or spew with ...
See vomit. * * *
Forcible ejection of the stomach contents from the mouth, usually following nausea. Causes include illness, motion sickness, certain drugs, inner ear disorders, and head injury. ...
vomitive [väm′ə tiv] adj. of or causing vomiting; emetic * * * vom·i·tive (vŏmʹĭ-tĭv) adj. Relating to or causing vomiting. n. An emetic. * * *
/vom"i toh', voh"mi-/, n. Pathol. the black vomit of yellow fever. Also called vomito negro /vom"i toh' nee"groh, nay"-, voh"mi-/. [1825-35; < Sp vómito < L vomitus (see ...
/vom'i tawr"ee euhm, -tohr"-/, n., pl. vomitoria /-tawr"ee euh, -tohr"-/. vomitory (def. 5). [1745-55; < LL vomitorium] * * *
/vom"i tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj., n., pl. vomitories. adj. 1. inducing vomiting; emetic. 2. of or pertaining to vomiting. n. 3. an emetic. 4. an opening through which something is ...
/vom"i teuhs/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or causing vomiting. 2. Informal. repugnant; disgusting; nauseating: vomitous business methods. [1950-55; VOMIT + -OUS] * * *
/vom'i choo rish"euhn/, n. Med. 1. ineffectual efforts to vomit. 2. the vomiting of small amounts of matter. [1835-45; < L vomit(us) ptp. of vomere to discharge + -urition, prob. ...
/vom"i teuhs/, n., pl. vomituses. Med. 1. the act of vomiting. 2. vomited matter. [1880-85; < L, equiv. to vomi-, var. s. of vomere to VOMIT + -tus suffix of v. action] * * *
/von/; Ger. /fawn/, unstressed /feuhn/, prep. from; of (used in German and Austrian personal names, originally to indicate place of origin and later to indicate nobility): Paul ...
Von Békésy
/von bay"keuh shee/; Hung. /fawn bay"kay shi/ Georg /gay"awrg/; Hung. /ge"awrddg/, 1899-1972, U.S. physicist, born in Hungary: Nobel prize for medicine 1961. * * *
von Braun
/von brown"/; Ger. /feuhn brddown"/. See Braun, Wernher von. * * *
von Bulow, Sunny
▪ 2009 Martha Sharp Crawford        American heiress born Sept. 1, 1931, Manassas, Va. died Dec. 6, 2008, New York, N.Y. spent nearly 28 years in a coma after being ...
von Gierke's disease
▪ pathology also called  Glycogenosis Type I,         most common of a group of hereditary glycogen-storage diseases. It is inherited as an autosomal-recessive trait. ...
von Hügel, Friedrich, Baron Von Hügel
▪ Austrian-British philosopher born May 5, 1852, Florence [Italy] died Jan. 27, 1925, London, Eng.       Roman Catholic philosopher and author who was the forerunner of ...
Von Kármán
/von kahr"mahn, -meuhn/ Theodore, 1881-1963, U.S. scientist and aeronautical engineer, born in Hungary. * * *
Von Neumann
/von noy"mahn, -meuhn/ John, 1903-57, U.S. mathematician, born in Hungary. * * *
von Neumann machine
▪ computer science  the basic design of the modern, or classical, computer. The concept was fully articulated by three of the principal scientists involved in the ...
von Neumann, John
orig. Johann Von Neumann born Dec. 3, 1903, Budapest, Hung. died Feb. 8, 1957, Washington, D.C., U.S. Hungarian-born U.S. mathematician. After receiving his Ph.D. from the ...
von Otter, Anne Sofie
▪ 2006  As the Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter celebrated her 50th birthday in 2005, she continued to enjoy enormous success on the opera stage, in the concert ...
von Sternberg
/von sterrn"berrg/ Josef /joh"zeuhf, -seuhf/ or Joseph (Josef Stern), 1894-1969, U.S. film director and screenwriter, born in Austria. * * *
Von Stroheim
/von stroh"huym, shtroh"-/; Ger. /feuhn shtrddoh"huym/ Erich /er"ik/; Ger. /ay"rddikh/, 1885-1957, U.S. actor and director, born in Austria. * * *
von Willebrand disease
▪ pathology       inherited blood disorder (blood disease) characterized by a prolonged bleeding time and a deficiency of factor VIII, an important blood-clotting agent. ...
von Willebrand's disease
/fawn vil"euh brahnts'/, Pathol. an inherited autosomal recessive disease in which abnormally slow coagulation of blood may lead to spontaneous bleeding, excessive bleeding ...
Vonck, Jean-François
▪ Belgian political leader born Nov. 29, 1743, Baardegem, Austrian Netherlands [now Belgium] died Dec. 1, 1792, Lille, France       lawyer who led the democratic ...
Vondel, Joost van den
born Nov. 17, 1587, Cologne died Feb. 5, 1679, Amsterdam Dutch poet and dramatist. Of Mennonite parents, Vondel early showed a preference for using Christian mythology as the ...
Vonk, Hans
▪ 2005       Dutch conductor (b. June 18, 1942?, Amsterdam, Neth.—d. Aug. 29, 2004, Amsterdam), excelled in the works of Romantic composers; he was much respected for ...
Vonn, Lindsey
▪ 2009 Lindsey Kildow  born Oct. 18, 1984, St. Paul, Minn.       A few years earlier, even Lindsey Kildow Vonn would not have predicted that her 2007–08 Alpine skiing ...
/von"i geuht/, n. Kurt, Jr., born 1922, U.S. novelist. * * *
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
born Nov. 11, 1922, Indianapolis, Ind., U.S. U.S. novelist. He attended Cornell University and the University of Chicago. Captured by the Germans during World War II, he also ...
Vonnegut, Kurt,Jr.
Von·ne·gut (vŏnʹĭ-gət), Kurt, Jr. Born 1922. American writer whose works show compassion and humor in the midst of the violence and alienation of modern life. His novels ...
Vonones I
▪ king of Parthia died AD 19, , Antioch, Syria  king of Parthia (reigned AD 7/8–11).       Vonones was the eldest son of Phraates IV (q.v.) and was in Rome as a ...
vonWillebrand's disease
von Wil·le·brand's disease (vŏn wĭlʹə-brăndz', fôn vĭlʹə-bränts') n. A hereditary disease characterized by a tendency to hemorrhage, caused by a deficiency or ...
/vooh"dooh/, n., pl. voodoos, adj., v., voodooed, voodooing. n. 1. Also, vodun. a polytheistic religion practiced chiefly by West Indians, deriving principally from African cult ...
—voodooist, n. —voodooistic, adj. /vooh"dooh iz'euhm/, n. 1. the voodoo religious rites and practices. 2. the practice of sorcery. [1860-65, Amer.; VOODOO + -ISM] * * *
See voodooism. * * *
See voodooist. * * *
      (Afrikaans: “Pioneer,” or “Leading Migrant”), any of the Afrikaners who left the British Cape Colony in southern Africa to make the Great Trek (q.v.) into ...
Navig. omnirange. [v(ery high frequency) o(mni) r(ange)] * * *
—voraciously, adv. —voraciousness, n. /vaw ray"sheuhs, voh-, veuh-/, adj. 1. craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious appetite. 2. exceedingly eager or ...
See voracious. * * *
See voraciously. * * *
/vaw ras"i tee, voh-, veuh-/, n. the condition or quality of being voracious. [1520-30; < L voracitas, equiv. to vorac- (s. of vorax) gluttonous + -itas -ITY] * * *
/fohrdd"ahrddl'berddk'/, n. a province in W Austria. 305,615; 1004 sq. mi. (2600 sq. km). Cap.: Bregenz. * * * ▪ state, Austria       Bundesland (federal state), far ...
(1960–) an English television personality. She has appeared on Countdown since 1982 and is famous for her skill at mathematics. She has also presented a number of other ...
▪ Denmark       city, southern Zealand (Sjælland), Denmark, on Masned Sound. Founded in the 12th century around its castle, which was built by Valdemar I as a defense ...
Vor·ku·ta (vôr-ko͞oʹtə, vôrʹko͞o-tä) A city of extreme northeast Russia above the Arctic Circle. It was founded in 1932 to accommodate extensive penal-labor camps. ...
/fohrdd"lah'geuh/, n., pl. Vorlage. German. a position in which a skier leans forward but keeps the heels in contact with the skis. * * *
Vorobyev, Arkady
▪ Soviet athlete in full  Arkady Nikitich Vorobyev, Vorobyev  also spelled  Vorobev  born Oct. 3, 1924, Mordovo, Tambov oblast, Russia, U.S.S.R.       Soviet weight ...
/veuh roh"nish/; Russ. /vu rddaw"nyish/, n. a city in the SW Russian Federation in Europe. 887,000. * * * City (pop., 2001 est.: 901,800), western Russia. It lies along the ...
/vawr"euh nawf', -nof'/; Fr. /vaw rddaw nawf"/; Russ. /vaw"rddeuh neuhf/, n. Serge Fr. /serddzh/, 1866-1951, Russian physician. * * *
Vorontsov, Mikhail (Illarionovich)
born July 23, 1714 died Feb. 26, 1767, St. Petersburg, Russia Russian statesman. A member of a family that became prominent in Russian court circles in the 18th century, he was ...
Vorontsov, Mikhail Illarionovich
▪ Russian statesman born July 23 [July 12, Old Style], 1714 died Feb. 26 [Feb. 15], 1767, St. Petersburg, Russia       Russian statesman who played a major role, ...
Vorontsov, Mikhail Semyonovich, Prince
▪ Russian statesman born May 19 [May 30, New Style], 1782 died Nov. 6 [Nov. 18], 1856, Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire       Russian military and government official ...
/vawr'euh shee"leuhf/; Russ. /veuh rddu shi"leuhf/, n. 1. Kliment Efremovich /klyi myent" yi frddye"meuh vyich/, 1881-1969, Soviet general: president of the Soviet Union ...
Voroshilov, Kliment (Yefremovich)
born Feb. 4, 1881, Verkhneye, Russia died Dec. 2, 1969, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. Soviet military and political leader. A notable military commander in World War I and later in ...
Voroshilov, Kliment Yefremovich
▪ Soviet military and political leader born Feb. 4 [Jan. 23, Old Style], 1881, Verkhneye, Russia died Dec. 2, 1969, Moscow       military and political leader of the ...
Voroshilov,Kliment Efremovich
Vo·ro·shi·lov (vôr'ə-shēʹlôf', -ləf), Kliment Efremovich. 1881-1969. Soviet military and political leader. He fought in the civil war (1918-1920) following the Russian ...
/vawr'euh shee"leuhf grad'/; Russ. /veuh rddeuh shi luf grddaht"/, n. former name (1935-90) of Lugansk. * * *
/vawr'euh shee"lawfsk, -lofsk/; Russ. /veuh rddeuh shi"leuhfsk/, n. former name of Stavropol. * * *
Vörösmarty, Mihály
▪ Hungarian writer born Dec. 1, 1800, Nyék, Hung. died Nov. 19, 1855, Pest  poet and dramatist who helped make the literature of Hungary truly Hungarian (Hungarian ...
▪ German school       (German: “preparatory school”), a type of private elementary school that developed in Prussia and other north German states in the mid-19th ...
Vorskla River, Battle of the
▪ Russian history       (Aug. 12, 1399), major victory of the Golden Horde (the westernmost division of the Mongol empire, which had suzerainty over the Russian lands) ...
/fawr"shpeel, fohr"-/, n. an introductory movement to a musical work, esp. a prelude or overture. [ < G, equiv. to vor- pre-, FORE1 + Spiel game, play] * * *
/fawr"steuhr/, n. Balthazar Johannes, 1915-83, South African political leader: prime minister 1966-78; president 1978-79. * * *
Vorster, John
orig. Balthazar Johannes Vorster born Dec. 13, 1915, Jamestown, Cape Province, S.Af. died Sept. 10, 1983, Cape Town South African prime minister (1966–78). Vorster was ...
Vorster,Balthazar Johannes
Vor·ster (fôrʹstər), Balthazar Johannes. 1915-1983. South African political leader who served as prime minister from 1966 to 1978. * * *
▪ spirit and receptacle       among the Finno-Ugric Udmurt (Votyak) people, a family spirit, literally “luck protector”; the term also designates a birchbark ...
/vawr"teks/, n., pl. vortexes, vortices /-teuh seez'/. 1. a whirling mass of water, esp. one in which a force of suction operates, as a whirlpool. 2. a whirling mass of air, esp. ...
—vortically, adv. /vawr"ti keuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a vortex. 2. suggesting or resembling a vortex. 3. moving in a vortex. [1645-55; < L vortic- (s. of vortex ...
See vortical. * * *
/vawr'teuh sel"euh/, n., pl. vorticellae /-sel"ee/, vorticellas. any ciliated protozoan of the genus Vorticella, having a transparent, bell-shaped body with a retractile ...
/vawr"teuh seez'/, n. a pl. of vortex. * * *
—vorticist, n., adj. /vawr"teuh siz'euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.) a short-lived avant-garde British art movement that was nurtured by Wyndham Lewis, derived from futurism and ...
/vawr tis"i tee/, n., pl. vorticities. Mech. a measure of the circulation of a fluid: a quantity equal to twice the angular momentum of a particle of the fluid around which there ...
—vorticosely, adv. /vawr"ti kohs'/, adj. vortical; whirling. [1775-85; < L vorticosus eddying. See VORTICAL, -OSE1] * * *
▪ king of the Britons also spelled Wyrtgeorn flourished 425–450       king of the Britons at the time of the arrival of the Saxons under Hengist and Horsa in the 5th ...
/vawr tij"euh neuhs/, adj. resembling a vortex; whirling; vortical. [1665-75; var. of VERTIGINOUS] * * *
▪ photography       the first completely abstract kind of photograph, it is composed of kaleidoscopic repetitions of forms achieved by photographing objects through a ...
▪ lake, Estonia also spelled  Võrts-järv  or  Virtsjärv , Russian  Ozero Vyrts-yarv        lake (järv) in south-central Estonia, with an area of about 110 ...
Vortumnus [vôr tum′nəs] n. var. of VERTUMNUS * * *
/vohzh/, n. 1. a range of low mountains in NE France: highest peak, 4668 ft. (1423 m). 2. a department in NE France. 397,957; 2279 sq. mi. (5905 sq. km). Cap.: Épinal. * * ...
Vosges (Mountains)
Vosges (Mountains) [vōzh] mountain range in NE France, west of the Rhine: highest peak, c. 4,700 ft (1,433 m) * * *
/vos"kod, vos kod"/; Russ. /vu skhawd"/, n. one of a series of Soviet spacecraft, carrying two or three cosmonauts. [1964; < Russ Voskhód lit., rising (of the sun, a planetary ...
▪ Russia       city, Moscow oblast (province), western Russia, on the Moskva River southeast of the city of Moscow. It is a significant industrial centre, with a large ...
Voss, Johann Heinrich
▪ German poet born February 20, 1751, Sommersdorf, Mecklenburg [Germany] died March 29, 1826, Heidelberg, Baden       German poet remembered chiefly for his ...
Vossius, Gerardus Johannes
▪ Dutch humanist (Latin),Dutch  Gerhard Johann Voss   born 1577, near Heidelberg died March 19, 1649, Amsterdam       Dutch Humanist theologian, one of the foremost ...
▪ oblast, Kazakstan also spelled  Vostočno-Kazachstan , English  East Kazakhstan        oblast (province), extreme eastern Kazakhstan, in the Altai Mountains on ...
/vos"tok, vo stok"/; Russ. /vu stawk"/, n. one of a series of Soviet spacecraft, carrying one cosmonaut, used to make the world's first manned spaceflights. [1961; < Russ Vostók ...
Vostok Island
▪ island, Kiribati Vostok also spelled  Vostock,  formerly  Staver Island         coral atoll in the Southern Line Islands, part of Kiribati, southwestern ...
/voh"teuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being voted upon; subject to a vote: a votable issue. Also, voteable. [1745-55; VOTE + -ABLE] * * *
/voh"teuhr is/, n. Now Rare. a woman who is a votary. [1580-90; VOTAR(Y) + -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
/voh"teuh ree/, n., pl. votaries, adj. n. Also, votarist. 1. a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun. 2. an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper ...
/voht/, n., v., voted, voting. n. 1. a formal expression of opinion or choice, either positive or negative, made by an individual or body of individuals. 2. the means by which ...
vote a split ticket
➡ elections * * *
vote of confidence
▪ government       procedure used by members of a legislative body (generally the lower house in a bicameral system) to remove a government (the prime minister and his ...
/voht"get'euhr/, n. a candidate or issue whose personality, policies, etc., are considered certain to attract many votes. Also, votegetter. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
/voh"teuh beuhl/, adj. votable. * * *
vote getter n. Informal A candidate successful in attracting votes: a runoff between the two top vote getters. * * *
/voht"lis/, adj. 1. lacking or without a vote. 2. denied the right to vote, esp. in political elections. [1665-75; VOTE + -LESS] * * *
/voh"teuhr/, n. 1. a person who votes. 2. a person who has a right to vote; elector. [1570-80; VOTE (v.) + -ER1] * * *
voter turnout
➡ elections * * *
Votic language
      member of the Finno-Ugric group of the Uralic language family, very nearly extinct. The few remaining Votic speakers live in the border area between Estonia and ...
voting a straight ticket
➡ elections * * *
voting machine
a mechanical apparatus used in a polling place to register and count the votes. [1895-1900] * * *
voting paper
Brit. a ballot. [1855-60] * * *
Voting Rights Act
Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1965 to ensure the voting rights of African Americans. Though the Constitution's 15th Amendment (passed 1870) had guaranteed the right to vote ...
Voting Rights Act of 1965
a US law passed during the civil rights movement, signed by President Johnson. It made illegal a number of restrictions that had been used, mostly in the South, to keep African ...
vot·ing machine (vōʹtĭng) n. An apparatus for use in polling places that mechanically records and counts votes. * * *
voting stock n. Stock for which the holder has the right to vote in the election of directors, in the appointment of auditors, or in other matters brought up at the annual ...
—votively, adv. —votiveness, n. /voh"tiv/, adj. 1. offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow: a votive offering. 2. performed, undertaken, etc., in ...
votive candle
votive candle n. a candle used as a vigil light * * *
votive Mass
Rom. Cath. Ch. a Mass that does not correspond with the office of the day but is said, as for a special intention, at the choice of the celebrant. [1730-40] * * *
See votive. * * *
votive Mass n. Roman Catholic Church A Mass differing from the one prescribed for the day, said for a specific purpose or at the discretion of the priest. * * *
▪ Russia       city, Udmurtiya, western Russia. It lies along the Votka River just above the latter's confluence with the Kama. Votkinsk was founded in 1759 and became a ...
/voh"tris/, n. Archaic. a votaress. * * *
/voh"tee ak'/, n. Udmurt. [ < Russ votyák, deriv. of the collective name vot', ORuss oti < Mari odo, akin to Udmurt ud-; see UDMURT] * * *
voucher. * * *
/vowch/, v.i. 1. to support as being true, certain, reliable, etc. (usually fol. by for): Her record in office vouches for her integrity. 2. to attest; guarantee; certify ...
/vow chee"/, n. the person for whom someone vouches. [1475-85; VOUCH + -EE] * * *
—voucherable, adj. /vow"cheuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that vouches. 2. a document, receipt, stamp, or the like, that gives evidence of an expenditure. 3. a form authorizing ...
voucher system
1. Accounting. a procedure for controlling disbursements by means of vouchers. 2. Also called voucher plan. Educ. a plan in which each school-age child receives a publicly funded ...
—vouchsafement, n. /vowch sayf"/, v., vouchsafed, vouchsafing. v.t. 1. to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension: to vouchsafe a reply to a question. 2. to ...
See vouchsafe. * * *
voudon or voudoun [vō do͞on′] n. var. of VOODOO (n. 1) * * *
Vouet, Simon
born Jan. 9, 1590, Paris, France died June 30, 1649, Paris French painter. He formed his style in Italy, where he lived from 1614 to 1627. His early work was influenced by ...
/voohzh/, n. an axlike, shafted weapon having a curved blade tapering to a point at the top, used by foot soldiers in the 14th century and after. [ < F
Voulkos, Peter
▪ 2003       American ceramics artist (b. Jan. 29, 1924, Bozeman, Mont.—d. Feb. 16, 2002, Bowling Green, Ohio), helped the craft of pottery gain acceptance as an art ...
voulu [vo͞o lü′] adj. 〚Fr, pp. of vouloir, to want, wish〛 contrived or forced: said as of certain effects in a literary or artistic work * * *
/vooh swahr"/, n. Archit. any of the pieces, in the shape of a truncated wedge, that form an arch or vault. [1325-75; < F; r. ME vousor(i)e < AF; OF volsoir < VL *volsorium, ...
/voohv ray"/; Fr. /vooh vrdde"/, n. 1. a town in W central France, E of Tours. 2598. 2. a medium dry, white wine of this region. * * *
Vouyouklaki, Aliki
▪ 1997       Greek actress who had a more than 40-year career primarily in motion pictures but also onstage and was known as "the National Star" (b. July 20, 1933—d. ...
—vower, n. —vowless, adj. /vow/, n. 1. a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy. 2. a solemn promise made to a deity or saint ...
—vowelless, adj. —vowellike, adj. —vowely, vowelly, adv. /vow"euhl/, n. 1. Phonet. a. (in English articulation) a speech sound produced without occluding, diverting, or ...
vowel fracture
Phonol. breaking1. * * *
vowel harmony
Ling. a phonological rule in some languages, as Hungarian and Turkish, requiring that the vowels of a word all share a specified feature, such as front or back articulation, ...
vowel point
any of a group of auxiliary symbols, as small lines and dots, placed above or below consonant symbols to indicate vowels in a writing system, as that of Hebrew or Arabic, in ...
vowel rhyme
Pros. assonance (def. 2). * * *
vowel system
Ling. the vowel sounds of a language, esp. when considered as forming an interrelated and interacting group. Cf. consonant system. [1870-75] * * *
vowel fracture n. The change of a vowel to a diphthong; breaking. * * *
See vowelize. * * *
—vowelization, n. /vow"euh luyz'/, v.t., vowelized, vowelizing. to provide (a Hebrew, Arabic, etc., text) with vowel points; vocalize. Also, esp. Brit., vowelise. [1810-20; ...
vowel mutation n. See umlaut. * * *
vowel point n. Any of a number of diacritical marks written above or below consonants to indicate a preceding or following vowel in languages that are usually written without ...
See vow1. * * *
/voks/, n. a device in certain types of telecommunications equipment, as telephone answering machines, that converts an incoming voice or sound signal into an electrical signal ...
vox barbara
/voks" bahr"beuhr euh/ a questionably unconventional word or term; barbarism: applied esp. to neo-Latin terms in botany, zoology, etc., that are formed from elements that are ...
vox et praeterea nihil
/wohks" et prdduy te"rdde ah' ni"hil/; Eng. /voks" et pri tear"ee euh nuy"hil/, Latin. a voice and nothing more. * * *
vox humana
/voks" hyooh may"neuh, -mah"-, -man"euh/ a pipe-organ stop designed to produce tones resembling those of the human voice. [1720-30; < L vox humana human voice] * * *
vox pop.
vox populi. * * *
vox populi
/voks" pop"yeuh luy'/ the voice of the people; popular opinion. [ < L vox populi] * * *
vox populi, vox Dei
/wohks poh"poo lee' wohks de"ee/; Eng. /voks pop"yeuh luy' voks dee"uy, day"ee/, Latin. the voice of the people (is) the voice of God. * * *
vox an·gel·i·ca (vŏks' ăn-jĕlʹĭ-kə) n. See voix céleste.   [New Latin vōx angelica: Latin vōx, voice + Late Latin angelica, feminine of angelicus, angelic.] * * *
vox hu·ma·na (hyo͞o-māʹnə, -mäʹ-, -mănʹə) n. Music An organ reed stop that produces tones imitative of the human voice.   [New Latin vōx hūmāna: Latin vōx, voice ...
vox pop·u·li (pŏpʹyə-lī', -lē) n. Popular opinion or sentiment.   [Latin vōx populī: vōx, voice + populī, genitive of populus, people.] * * *
—voyager, n. /voy"ij/, n., v., voyaged, voyaging. n. 1. a course of travel or passage, esp. a long journey by water to a distant place. 2. a passage through air or space, as a ...
/voy"euh jeuhr/, n. one of a series of U.S. space probes that obtained scientific information while flying by the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. * * * Either of two ...
/vwah'yah zherr", voy'euh-/; Fr. /vwann yann zhuerdd"/, n., pl. voyageurs /-zherrz"/; Fr. /-zhuerdd"/. (in Canada) a person who is an expert woodsman, boatman, and guide in ...
Voyageurs National Park
a national park in N Minnesota. 343 sq. mi. (888 sq. km). * * * National park, northern Minnesota, U.S. Located along the Canadian border, the park was established in 1975 and ...
/vwah yerr", voy-/; Fr. /vwann yuerdd"/, n., pl. voyeurs /-yerrz"/; Fr. /-yuerdd"/. a person who engages in voyeurism. Cf. Peeping Tom. [1915-20; < F, equiv. to voi(r) to see ( < ...
/vwah yerr"iz euhm, voy-, voy"euh riz'-/, n. the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, esp. secretively. [VOYEUR + -ISM] * * * ▪ ...
—voyeuristically, adv. /vwah'yeuh ris"tik, voy'euh-/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a voyeur or of voyeurism. [VOYEUR + -IST + -IC] * * *
See voyeurism. * * *
/vwann yuez"/, n., pl. voyeuses /vwann yuez"/. Fr. Furniture. a chair of the 18th century used at game tables, having a padded top rail on which spectators could lean. [ < F; ...
Voynovich, Vladimir
▪ Russian author in full  Vladimir Nikolayevich Voynovich  born Sept. 26, 1932, Stalinabad, Tadzhik S.S.R., U.S.S.R. [now Dushanbe, Tajikistan]       Soviet dissident ...
Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley
▪ British architect and designer born May 28, 1857, Hessle, Yorkshire, England died February 12, 1941, Winchester, Hampshire       British architect and designer whose ...
Voz·ne·sen·ski (vŏz'nə-sĕnʹskē), Andrei. Born 1933. Soviet poet whose collections of verse include Parabola (1960) and The Triangular Pear (1962). * * *
/voz'neuh sen"skee/; Russ. /veuhz nyi syen"skee/, n. Andrei (Andreievich) /ahn"dray ahn dray"yeuh vich/; Russ. /un drddyay" un drddye"yi vyich/, born 1933, Soviet poet. * * *
Voznesensky, Andrey (Andreyevich)
born May 12, 1933, Moscow, Russian S.F.S.R., U.S.S.R. Russian poet. His childhood experience of World War II was later vividly reflected in poems such as "Goya" (1960), one of ...
Voznesensky, Andrey Andreyevich
▪ Soviet poet born May 12, 1933, Moscow, Russian S.F.S.R.    Russian poet who was one of the most prominent of the generation of writers that emerged in the Soviet Union ...
Vo̢lsunga saga
("Saga of the Volsungs") Best of the Icelandic sagas known as fornaldar so̢gur ("sagas of antiquity"). Dating from roughly 1270, it is the first of the fornaldar so̢gur to ...
1. verb phrase. 2. Also, vp, v-p vice president. * * *
1. virtual reality. 2. voltage regulator. * * *
▪ county, Romania       judeţ (county), east-central Romania, occupying an area of 1,875 square miles (4,857 square km). The Eastern Carpathian and sub-Carpathian ...
      in Jainism, a religious vow. See Jaina vrata. (Jain vrata) * * *
Vra·tsa (vrätʹsə) A city of northwest Bulgaria north-northeast of Sofia. It is a commercial center and railroad junction. Population: 77,000. * * * ▪ Bulgaria also ...
▪ Indian ascetic       wandering ascetic, member of either an ethnic group or a sect, located principally in the Magadha (South Bihār) region of ancient India. The ...
Vreeland, Diana
▪ American editor and fashion expert née  Diana Dalziel  born c. 1903, Paris, France died Aug. 22, 1989, New York, N.Y., U.S.  American editor and fashion expert whose ...
Vreeland,Diana Dalziel
Vree·land (vrēʹlənd), Diana Dalziel. 1903-1989. French-born American editor and fashion expert. She was editor in chief of Vogue (1963-1971) and a special consultant to the ...
/vrees/; Du. /vrddees/, n. Hugo de /hyooh"goh deuh/; Du. /hyuu"goh deuh/. See De Vries, Hugo. * * *
Vries, Adriaen de
▪ Dutch sculptor born , 1545/46, The Hague died Dec. 15, 1626, Prague       the most important Dutch Mannerist sculptor.       De Vries left his homeland, where ...
Vries, Hugo de
▪ Dutch botanist and geneticist born , Feb. 16, 1848, Haarlem, Neth. died May 21, 1935, near Amsterdam       Dutch botanist and geneticist who introduced the ...
▪ plant genus       genus of epiphytes (plants that are supported by another plant and have aerial roots exposed to the humid atmosphere) of the pineapple family ...
/vree"zhee euh, -zee euh, -zheuh/, n. any of numerous tropical American epiphytic bromeliads of the genus Vriesia, many species of which are cultivated for their rosettes of ...
Vrije Volk, Het
▪ Dutch newspaper       (Dutch: “The Free People”), Socialist evening daily newspaper published in 30 regional editions in Rotterdam and outlying locations, one of ...
/vrit"reuh/, n. Hinduism. a serpent-demon, the personification of evil and leader of the Danavas: conquered by Indra. * * *
▪ Indian tribal confederacy Pāli  Vajji        confederacy of the Licchavis and neighbouring peoples in Bihār, India, that existed from the 6th century BC to the ...
variable-rate mortgage. * * *
/vroohm, vroom/, n. 1. the roaring sound made by a motor at high speed. v.i. 2. to make or move with such a sound. v.t. 3. to cause to make such a sound. Also, varoom. [1960-65; ...
/vrddow/; Eng. /vrow/, n, pl. vrouwen /vrddow"euhn/, Eng. vrouws. Dutch. 1. a woman; wife; lady. 2. (used as a title before the name of a married woman) Mrs. * * *
VS or V.S. abbrev. Veterinary Surgeon * * * VS abbr. veterinary surgeon. * * *
1. verse. 2. versus. * * *
V sign n. A hand sign indicating victory, solidarity, or approval, formed by holding the raised index and middle fingers in the shape of a V. * * *
➡ Voluntary Service Overseas. * * *
VSO language
Ling. a type of language that has basic verb-subject-object word order, as Welsh, classical Arabic, or Tagalog. Cf. SOV language, SVO language. * * *
versions. * * *
Vermont (approved esp. for use with zip code). * * *
VT fuze
a variable time fuze. * * *
Vermont. * * *
Vicomte. * * *
Vicomtesse. * * *
VT fuze (vēʹtēʹ) n. See proximity fuze.   [v(ariable) t(ime) fuze.] * * *
Aeron. vertical takeoff. * * *
/vee"tawl'/, n. Aeron. a convertiplane capable of taking off and landing vertically, having forward speeds comparable to those of conventional aircraft. [1965-70; v(ertical) ...
VTOL airplane
▪ aircraft abbreviation  of Vertical Takeoff And Landing Airplane,         any of several unconventional aircraft with rotating wing systems, such as the helicopter ...
Television. See videotape recorder. * * *
Audio. volume unit. Also, VU. * * *
VU meter
a meter used with sound-reproducing or recording equipment that indicates average sound levels. * * *
Vu Ngoc Nha
▪ 2003       Vietnamese spy (b. 1924, Thai Binh, French Indochina—d. Aug. 7, 2002, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), served as a trusted adviser to two presidents of South ...

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