- [Arch] An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy."The long-drawn aisle and fretted vault." [Gray.]
- An arched apartment; especially, a subterranean room, used for storing articles, for a prison, for interment, or the like; a cell; a cellar."Charnel vaults." [Milton.]"The silent vaults of death." [Sandys.]"To banish rats that haunt our vault." [Swift.]
- The canopy of heaven; the sky."That heaven's vault should crack." [Shak.]
- A leap or bound.
Etymology: F. volte, It. volta, originally, a turn, and the same word as volta an arch. See the Etymology above
The bound or leap of a horse; a curvet.
- A leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard, or the like.
Note: ☞ The l in this word was formerly often suppressed in pronunciation.
Etymology: OE. voute, OF. voute volte, F. voûte, LL. volta, for voluta volutio, fr. L. volvere volutum, to roll, to turn about. See Voluble, and cf. Vault a leap, Volt a turn, Volute