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vacuous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vacuous void of expression "a blank stare"
    • adj vacuous devoid of matter "a vacuous space"
    • adj vacuous devoid of significance or point "empty promises","a hollow victory","vacuous comments"
    • adj vacuous devoid of intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vacuous Empty; unfilled; void; vacant. "Boundless the deep, because I am who fill
      Infinitude; nor vacuous the space."
      "That the few may lead selfish and vacuous days."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vacuous Empty; unfilled; void; vacant.
    • vacuous Without intelligence or intelligent expression; unexpressive; showing no intelligence: as, a vacuous look.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vacuous vak′ū-us empty, void: without intelligence, unexpressive
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Quotations

  • Malcolm Muggeridge
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    “Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vacuus,. See Vacant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vacuus, empty.

Usage

In literature:

She submitted to the other's will like a tired child, dropping into a chair and eyeing him with a vacuous expression.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
He was a youth with a vacuous, almost idiotic face, whom she had that same day encountered.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
The colt drew back and contemplated the opening with a vacuous eye.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
I felt neither pained nor confused, but only vacuous.
"The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti" by David Christie Murray
The day's vacuous items in his life passed quickly, its frantic routine ebbing into a lull toward mid-afternoon.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The hulking mass of not-quite-human gazed at her with vacuous eyes and opened its mouth.
"Suite Mentale" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Vacuous generalities, clothed in magnificent rhetoric, could pass with him for ideas; but his visions are sometimes thoughts in images.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
Mocking laughter never discovered anything except the vacuous fool.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
She could not patiently endure a cloistered vacuousness.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
The present state of vacuous contentment was, perhaps, as near the condition of enjoyment as he would ever approach.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
With the closing of the door the vacuous look slipped from his face like a mask.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
For better effect, he blinked vacuously, and gurgled.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
He stopped short, with a vacuous look in his eyes.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Those eyes were the shiny, vacuous, soulless eyes of a madman!
"The Floating Island of Madness" by Jason Kirby
The vacuous, almost happy languor of the sick was replaced in Gerald by an irritable gloominess, decently repressed, but unconcealable.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
As he opened his eyes he smiled vacuously into Trusia's face.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
I thought of Sterne's donkey and smiled vacuously into the blue above the trees.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
He was in his ghostly incognito, for he always traveled lightly in vacuous and doubtful regions.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain
Then he looked up at Victoria with something like vacuousness.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
But after all blue is only blue, I vacuously told myself as I got up and crossed the room.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
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In poetry:

Now similar clouds
Are spreading their vacuous sheets.
Do you say nothing?
I am lame in the memory.
"Little Fugue" by Sylvia Plath
O God, I am not like you
In your vacuous black,
Stars stuck all over, bright stupid confetti.
Eternity bores me,
I never wanted it.
"Years" by Sylvia Plath
Come up out of Erebus into the day,
There's plenty of room overhead;
No boring or blasting of rocks in the way,
No stratum of sticky, impervious clay--
All vacuous vapor instead.
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard
On the far horizon waved some flicker of light
My heart, a city of suffering, awoke in a state of dream
My eyes, turning restless, still dreaming,
the morning, dawning in this vacuous abode of separation
"The Incarceration Of Loneliness" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

In news:

The song is danceable, features appropriately vacuous lyrics, and has an infectious groove.
Mitt Romney's Vacuous Incoherence on Guns.
Mitt Romney's Laughably Vacuous Plan To End "Too Big To Fail".
Terms that no longer have any application sometimes persist in a vacuous afterlife.
Perhaps I'm just getting old and grumpy, but this presidential campaign seems particularly vacuous.
View full size Chuck Crow / Plain Dealer file It's growing increasingly nerve wracking to be both ground zero in a fairly vacuous race for the White House and host to the nastiest US Senate campaign in the country.
Will The vacuous stridency of Obama's last campaign.
Michelle Malkin's vacuous rants misleading on fuel efficiency (Letter).
Sure, I don't have to read them, but why do you keep wasting valuable column-inches (and money, I presume) running her vacuous rants.
AEI scholar offers vacuous 'conservative case for Obamacare.
90 years of spiritual vacuousness .
NEW DELHI — A misfortune of Mumbai is that its politicians have always had a better understanding of the great city than many of its elite writers, who have long described the city by its most vacuous quality — cosmopolitanism.
Some in that '47 percent' gave their lives to defend Mitt's right to be his vacuous self.
Neil Diamond's remake of the 1927 Jolson vehicle isn't very good, but neither is it the vacuous, sentimental ego trip it's been painted as.
Michelle Malkin 's vacuous rants misleading on fuel efficiency (Letter).
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In science:

The relations above still hold for these vacuous cobordisms.
Three-Dimensional 2-Framed TQFTs and Surgery
The statement is vacuously true for k = 3, since the existence of a 2-circuit of weight 3 would imply the existence of a 2-tangle, and a prime knot has no 2-tangles (we are working with knots of 4 crossings or more).
Enumerating the Prime Alternating Knots, Part I
Since Tα,η and T ∗ α,η change the parity by η, the identity to be proved holds vacuously unless the parities of f and σ are related by η .
Distributions and Analytic Continuation of Dirichlet Series
The regularity condition satisfied and the period condition is vacuously satisfied.
Value distribution theoretical properties of the Gauss map of pseudo-algebraic minimal surfaces
Thus there is the danger of making straightforward but vacuous remarks when comparing them.
Does Meaning Evolve?
Note that (12) vacuously holds if P (x) is never satisfied.
An improved bound for the Minkowski dimension of Besicovitch sets in medium dimension
Since X and Y are finite-dimensional here, the Fredholm condition is vacuous.
On the holomorphicity of genus two Lefschetz fibrations
The result is vacuously true if |π | ≤ |σ |, and it follows for |π | = |σ | + 1 since |σ | + 1 σ does not end with 1, and so is not an involution.
Restricted 3412-Avoiding Involutions: Continued Fractions, Chebyshev Polynomials and Enumerations
The result is vacuously true if k = 1 or k = 2.
Capability of certain nilpotent products of cyclic groups
The third condition, the “multiple-face-overlap” condition, is vacuous for simplicial complexes.
Lexicographic shellability for balanced complexes
The above criterion specializes to pure, balanced simplicial complexes, in which case the multiple-face-overlap condition is vacuously true.
Lexicographic shellability for balanced complexes
If Y is a Cantor set, however, then n = −1 and the last two conditions are vacuously satisfied.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
On the other hand, if δγ ≥ ǫ, the statement would be vacuous.
A Permutation Regularity Lemma
The theorem is vacuously true if g ≤ 3, so we may assume g ≥ 4.
Lower bounds for Morse index of constant mean curvature tori
We also note that if for any i, ResPi ∇ is diagonalizable, condition (i) is vacuous, and the radius will be the corresponding eigenvalues (which will necessarily be paired with opposite sign).
Mochizuki's crys-stable bundles: a lexicon and applications
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