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Meaning of vault

vault

Pronunciation: (vôlt), [key]
— n.
  1. an arched structure, usually made of stones, concrete, or bricks, forming a ceiling or roof over a hall, room, sewer, or other wholly or partially enclosed construction.
  2. an arched structure resembling a vault.
  3. a space, chamber, or passage enclosed by a vault or vaultlike structure, esp. one located underground.
  4. an underground chamber, as a cellar or a division of a cellar.
  5. a room or compartment, often built of or lined with steel, reserved for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, esp. such a place in a bank.
  6. a strong metal cabinet, usually fireproof and burglarproof, for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, important papers, etc.
  7. a burial chamber.
  8. an arched roof of a cavity.
  9. something likened to an arched roof: the vault of heaven.
—v.t.
  1. to construct or cover with a vault.
  2. to make in the form of a vault; arch.
  3. to extend or stretch over in the manner of an arch; overarch: An arbor vaulted the path.
  4. to store in a vault: The paintings will be vaulted when the museum is closed.
—v.i.
  1. to curve or bend in the form of a vault.

vault

Pronunciation: (vôlt), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to leap or spring, as to or from a position or over something: He vaulted over the tennis net.
  2. to leap with the hands supported by something, as by a horizontal pole.
  3. to leap over a vaulting or pommel horse, using the hands for pushing off.
  4. to arrive at or achieve something as if by a spring or leap: to vault into prominence.
—v.t.
  1. to leap over: to vault a fence.
  2. to cause to leap over or surpass others: Advertising has vaulted the new perfume into first place.
—n.
  1. the act of vaulting.
  2. a leap of a horse; curvet.
  3. a running jump over a vaulting or pommel horse, usually finishing with an acrobatic dismount.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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