Found 2 items, similar to Vacua.
English → English
n 1: the absence of matter [syn: vacuity
2: an empty area or space; “the huge desert voids”
emptiness of outer space”
; “without their support he'll be
ruling in a vacuum”
3: a region empty of matter [syn: vacuity
4: an electrical home appliance that cleans by suction [syn: vacuum cleaner
v : clean with a vacuum cleaner; “vacuum the carpets”
English → English
, n.; pl. E. Vacuums
, L. Vacua
. [L., fr.
vacuus empty. See Vacuous
1. (Physics) A space entirely devoid of matter (called also,
by way of distinction, absolute vacuum); hence, in a more
general sense, a space, as the interior of a closed
vessel, which has been exhausted to a high or the highest
degree by an air pump or other artificial means; as, water
boils at a reduced temperature in a vacuum.
2. The condition of rarefaction, or reduction of pressure
below that of the atmosphere, in a vessel, as the
condenser of a steam engine, which is nearly exhausted of
air or steam, etc.; as, a vacuum of 26 inches of mercury,
or 13 pounds per square inch.
, a kind of continuous brake operated by
exhausting the air from some appliance under each car, and
so causing the pressure of the atmosphere to apply the
(Technol.), a kind of large closed metallic
retort used in sugar making for boiling down sirup. It is
so connected with an exhausting apparatus that a partial
vacuum is formed within. This allows the evaporation and
concentration to take place at a lower atmospheric
pressure and hence also at a lower temperature, which
largely obviates the danger of burning the sugar, and
shortens the process.
. Same as Pulsometer
(Phys.), a glass tube provided with platinum
electrodes and exhausted, for the passage of the
electrical discharge; a Geissler tube.
, a safety valve opening inward to admit air to
a vessel in which the pressure is less than that of the
atmosphere, in order to prevent collapse.
. See under Torricellian