Meaning of VESTIBULE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈves-tə-ˌbyül ]


Etymology: Latin vestibulum forecourt

Date: 1726


a. : a passage, hall, or room between the outer door and the interior of a building : lobby

b. : an enclosed entrance at the end of a railway passenger car

2. : any of various bodily cavities especially when serving as or resembling an entrance to some other cavity or space: as

a. : the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the inner ear or the parts (as the saccule and utricle) of the membranous labyrinth that it contains

b. : the part of the left ventricle below the aortic orifice

c. : the space between the labia minora containing the orifice of the urethra

d. : the part of the mouth cavity outside the teeth and gums

3. : a course that offers access (as to something new)

• ves·ti·buled -ˌbyüld adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.