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. Anat.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. to curve or bend in the form of a 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. Gymnastics.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. Gymnastics.a running jump over a vaulting or pommel horse, usually finishing with an acrobatic dismount.