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Void (?), a. [OE. voide, OF. voit, voide, vuit, vuide, F. vide, fr. (assumed) LL. vocitus, fr. L. vocare, an old form of vacare to be empty, or a kindred word. Cf. Vacant, Avoid.]


Containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled.

The earth was without form, and void. Gen. i. 2.

I 'll get me to a place more void. Shak.

I 'll chain him in my study, that, at void hours, I may run over the story of his country. Massinger.


Having no incumbent; unoccupied; -- said of offices and the like.

Divers great offices that had been long void. Camden.


Being without; destitute; free; wanting; devoid; as, void of learning, or of common use.


A conscience void of offense toward God. Acts xxiv. 16.

He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor. Prov. xi. 12.


Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.

[My word] shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please. Isa. lv. 11.

I will make void the counsel of Judah. Jer. xix. 7.


Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul.

"Idol, void and vain."


6. Law

Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification; null. Cf. Voidable, 2.

Void space Physics, a vacuum.

Syn. -- Empty; vacant; devoid; wanting; unfurnished; unsupplied; unoccupied.


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Void, n.

An empty space; a vacuum.

Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defense, And fills up all the mighty void of sense. Pope.


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Void, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Voided; p. pr. & vb. n. Voiding.] [OF. voidier, vuidier. See Void, a.]


To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave; as, to void a table.

Void anon her place. Chaucer.

If they will fight with us, bid them come down, Or void the field. Shak.


To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge; as, to void excrements.

A watchful application of mind in voiding prejudices. Barrow.

With shovel, like a fury, voided out The earth and scattered bones. J. Webster.


To render void; to make to be of no validity or effect; to vacate; to annul; to nullify.

After they had voided the obligation of the oath he had taken. Bp. Burnet.

It was become a practice . . . to void the security that was at any time given for money so borrowed. Clarendon.


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Void, v. i.

To be emitted or evacuated.



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