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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vaporation The act or process of converting into vapor, or of passing off in vapor; evaporation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If someone were to capture and bottle a comet's 10,000-mile vapor trail, the amount of vapor actually present in the bottle would take up less than one cubic inch of space.
    • n vaporation The act or process of converting into vapor, or of passing off in vapor; evaporation.
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  • Horace Greeley
    Horace Greeley
    “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.”
  • Lord Byron
    “O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper, which makes bank credit like a bark of vapor.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “I had rather be a toad, and live upon the vapor of a dungeon than keep a corner in the thing I love for others uses.”
  • Bible
    “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. [James 4:14]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. vaporation, L. vaporatio,


In literature:

Vapores venenatos mittit sperma ad cor et cerebrum.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
It was a lovely morning, not too bright and hot, for light, fleecy vapors hung along the sides of Lebanon.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
Is it a vapor, or some wind floating in the atmosphere, or some thing hidden in the bowels of the earth?
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
With a hiss the volatile vapor rushed into the bag.
"The Boy Inventors' Radio Telephone" by Richard Bonner
So this shows that the melted wax sucked up through the wick is turned into vapor; and the vapor burns.
"The International Weekly Miscellany, Volume I. No. 9." by Various
Father Francesco drew as near as he could for the stifling heat and vapor, and, resting on his staff, stood gazing intently.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
It causeth troublesome dreams, and sends up black vapors to the brain.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
The stars could not struggle through the vapor that lay beneath them.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
The cab horses drooped as if drugged by the vapor of the melting asphalt beneath their noses.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
The horizon was rapidly becoming invisible; a thin, cold, clinging vapor shut it from us.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
Various figures appear in the vapors which rise from the caldron.
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Though he had eyes for a faint cloud of vapor at least fifty miles distant he saw nothing of a remarkable change effected nearer home.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
He wished, for a moment, that the vapors might lift, and then they could fight their enemies face to face.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The moon played tricks, for now she was astern, and now straight ahead, in that confusing wilderness of vapor.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The boxes and their contents streamed out to space in the form of metallic and other vapors.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
The absorption of the vapor of water by leaves is disputed.
"Man and Nature" by George P. Marsh
Its lights had become more numerous; the tips of its spires were lost in tender vapor.
"An Ambitious Woman" by Edgar Fawcett
In spraying, the glaze is thinned considerably and blown through a vaporizer by means of a foot pump.
"Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers" by George J. Cox
Then Prescott grinned at Jimmy as he glanced toward the fading smear of vapor.
"Thrice Armed" by Harold Bindloss
And forced to drink their vapor.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur

In poetry:

Of graveyard weather, vapors of a fen
…….We reckon through our pores.
…….Save for the garbage men,
Our children are the first ones out of doors.
"Curriculum Vitae" by Anthony Hecht
"The fourth, so light to lift, so fair to see,
Is filled to bursting with thy VANITY,
The vaporous breath that kept thy hopes alive
By counting one as five.
"But One Talent" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then athwart the vapors dun
The Easter sun
Streamed with one broad track of splendor!
In their real forms appeared
The warlocks weird,
Awful as the Witch of Endor.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf V. -- The Skerry Of Shri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapors dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.
"Haunted Houses. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There comes a perfume from the sunset land,
And from the sunset vapor comes a voice;
Some one in evening's gateway seems to stand,
And o'er a flood of glory shout, "Rejoice!"
"Twilight" by Maurice Thompson
Dreams? O, I know their faces — goodly seeming,
Vaporous, whirled on many-coloured wings;
I have had dreams before, this is no dreaming,
But daylight gladness that the daylight brings.
"In the Night" by Amy Levy

In news:

Element Cases Vapor COMP Epiphany iPhone Case.
HPI's popular Blitz ESE Pro kit is now offered with a FLUX Vector 4800kV brushless motor and FLUX Vapor programmable ESC.
A contractor has been asked to increase the plant capacity of an existing helical-coil vaporizer.
Local psych' n' roll'ers, Troubadour Dali, will be playing with Detroit's own Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor.
Curiosity vaporizes rock, readies for move.
For example, Sure Delete ( will vaporize selected items in Windows 98 or newer.
But New Yorkers who've turned to electronic cigarettes — which release water vapor instead of smoke — could also be out of luck as state lawmakers move closer to banning them Tuesday.
A full week of nonstop Madonna press seems to have given Lady Gaga the vapors.
Subsidiary Trunkline LNG has received approval to start up new vaporizers and NGL extraction at its LNG terminal at Lake Charles, La.
Mobilize or Vaporize – How Google's New Mobile Tags Can Make Your Company Invisible.
Division of Waste Management will conduct additional vapor testing in the next 30 days.
Vapors from meth manufacture spread throughout hotel.
In February, the EPA asked 90 homeowners in the area to allow the vapor testing.
St Helen's Vapors Click to enlarge.
Past events at Vapor .

In science:

The moments were calculated by excluding the species with Zmax for the ”liquid” phase but including it in the ”vapor” phase.
Moment Analysis and Zipf Law
The slopes were determined from linear fits to the ”vapor” and ”liquid” regions respectively and then averaged.
Moment Analysis and Zipf Law
Another examplex is provided by Plasma Enhanced Vapor Deposition where mutually coupled chemical, plasma physical and mechanical models can be distinguished .
Towards Distributed Petascale Computing
Mira stars (Ohnaka 2004b, Weiner 2004) have shown that the near- and mid-infrared H2O spectra and the apparent near- and mid-infrared angular sizes of both stellar types can be consistently understood in terms of a star with an envelope of warm H2O vapor.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
Absorption features of water vapor and OH can be reproduced with a cooler outer photospheric structure of temperature 3250 K.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
Ohnaka (2004a) has modeled a MOLsphere containing water vapor only.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
The two models are very consistent as far as water vapor is concerned.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
This topic is intimately related to the Maxwell construction and the co-existence of phases (for example, liquid and vapor).
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
An example is the shape of crystals in equilibrium with its liquid (for example, 4He crystals in coexistence with the superfluid ) or vapor (for example, gold crystals).
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
For instance, the effect of argon can be treated by (17) and (18) accordingly. A particular interesting case is the effect of water vapor.
Air Fluorescence Relevant for Cosmic-Ray Detection - Summary of the 5th Fluorescence Workshop, El Escorial 2007
Water vapor is an always changing constituent of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Air Fluorescence Relevant for Cosmic-Ray Detection - Summary of the 5th Fluorescence Workshop, El Escorial 2007
The relatively large values of Pancheshnyi et al. might be due to their method of mixing nitrogen with water vapor .
Air Fluorescence Relevant for Cosmic-Ray Detection - Summary of the 5th Fluorescence Workshop, El Escorial 2007
The experiment uses ∼ 1014 neutral atoms in a vapor cell designed to extend the spin relaxation time for Hg (which has atomic spin 0) to 100-200 s.
Fundamental Symmetries and Conservation Laws
Note also that we only have three sets of SODARs and IRMA water vapor radiometers.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
Indeed it is possible to set up a cryogenic cell with liquid helium at temperature well below 1 K, producing a helium vapor as well.
Formation and interactions of cold and ultracold molecules: new challenges for interdisciplinary physics