from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing no matter; empty.
  • adj. Not occupied; unfilled.
  • adj. Completely lacking; devoid: void of understanding. See Synonyms at empty.
  • adj. Ineffective; useless.
  • adj. Having no legal force or validity; null: a contract rendered void.
  • adj. Games Lacking cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand.
  • n. An empty space.
  • n. A vacuum.
  • n. An open space or a break in continuity; a gap.
  • n. A feeling or state of emptiness, loneliness, or loss.
  • n. Games Absence of cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand: a void in hearts.
  • transitive v. To take out (the contents of something); empty.
  • transitive v. To excrete (body wastes).
  • transitive v. To leave; vacate.
  • transitive v. To make void or of no validity; invalidate: issued a new passport and voided the old one.
  • intransitive v. To excrete body wastes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having lost all legal validity
  • adj. That does not return a value.
  • n. An empty space; a vacuum.
  • n. An extended region of space containing no galaxies
  • v. To withdraw, depart.
  • v. To make invalid or worthless.
  • v. To empty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled.
  • adj. Having no incumbent; unoccupied; -- said of offices and the like.
  • adj. Being without; destitute; free; wanting; devoid.
  • adj. Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
  • adj. Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul.
  • adj. Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification; null. Cf. Voidable, 2.
  • n. An empty space; a vacuum.
  • intransitive v. To be emitted or evacuated.
  • transitive v. To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave.
  • transitive v. To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge.
  • transitive v. To render void; to make to be of no validity or effect; to vacate; to annul; to nullify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Empty, or not containing matter; vacant; not occupied; unfilled: as, a void space or place.
  • Having no holder or possessor; vacant; unoccupied; without incumbent.
  • Not taken up with business; leisure.
  • Being without; devoid; destitute; lacking; without; free from: usually with of: as, void of learning; void of common sense.
  • Not producing any effect; ineffectual; useless; vain; superfluous.
  • Specifically, in law, without legal efficacy; incapable of being enforced by law; having no legal or binding force; null; not effectual to bind parties, or to convey or support a right: as, a deed not duly signed and sealed is void; a promise without consideration is void.
  • Devoid of wealth; poor.
  • =Syn. 1, 2, and , Devoid, etc. See vacant.
  • Invalid.
  • n. An empty or unoccupied space; a vacuum.
  • n. An opening; a solution of continuity in an inclosure of any kind; a space unfilled or not built up, as contrasted with closed or occupied areas.
  • n. The last course or remove; the dessert.
  • To make or leave vacant; quit; vacate; depart from; leave; hence, to clear; free; empty.
  • To emit, throw, or send out; empty out; specifically, to evacuate from the intestine or bladder: as, to void excrementitious matter.
  • To lay aside; cease to use; divest one's self of.
  • To invalidate; annul; nullify; render of no validity or effect.
  • To avoid; shun.
  • To dismiss; send away.
  • To go; depart.
  • To have an evacuation.
  • To be emitted or evacuated. Wiseman, Surgery. [Rare.] To become empty or vaçant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of nonexistence
  • v. take away the legal force of or render ineffective
  • n. an empty area or space
  • adj. lacking any legal or binding force
  • v. excrete or discharge from the body
  • adj. containing nothing
  • v. declare invalid
  • v. clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place or receptacle) of something


Middle English, from Old French voide, feminine of voit, from Vulgar Latin *vocitus, alteration of Latin vacīvus, vocīvus, variant of vacuus, from vacāre, to be empty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French vuit, voide (modern vide). (Wiktionary)
Alteration of voidee. (Wiktionary)


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