Meaning of VACUUM in English

VACUUM

/ ˈvækjuəm; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a space that is completely empty of all substances, including all air or other gas :

a vacuum pump (= one that creates a vacuum )

vacuum-packed foods (= in a package from which most of the air has been removed)

2.

[ usually sing. ] a situation in which sb/sth is missing or lacking :

His resignation has created a vacuum which cannot easily be filled.

3.

[ usually sing. ] the act of cleaning sth with a vacuum cleaner :

to give a room a quick vacuum

IDIOMS

- in a vacuum

■ verb

to clean sth using a vacuum cleaner

SYN hoover :

[ vn ]

Have you vacuumed the stairs?

[also v ]

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 16th cent.: modern Latin , neuter of Latin vacuus empty.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.