Meaning of VOID in English


I. ˈvȯid adjective

Etymology: Middle English void, voide, from Old French voide, vuide, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin vocitus, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin vocuus empty, from Latin vacuus — more at vacuum

1. : containing nothing

the earth was without form, and void — Gen 1:2(Authorized Version)

2. : unoccupied with work or business : idle , leisure

void hours


a. : having no holder or occupant : unoccupied , vacant

void bishopric

b. : not occupied by inhabitants or buildings : deserted


a. : being without : wanting , devoid — used with of

void of common sense

void of malice

a bridge hand void of spades

b. of a category, class, or suit : having no members or examples

bid a void suit as a slam signal

5. obsolete : wanting good qualities : foolish , worthless

idol void and vain — Alexander Pope

6. : not producing any effect : vain , useless

dull and void as a work of art — C.E.Montague


a. : of no legal force or effect and so incapable of confirmation or ratification : null

declare a marriage void

void ballot

b. : voidable

Synonyms: see empty

II. noun

( -s )


a. : empty or unfilled space : emptiness , vacancy , vacuum

gazing out into the void

wandering about in a void

b. : a space not filled by anything solid : opening , gap

air-filled voids of the soil

alternation of solid and void that is characteristic of the Japanese house — Lewis Mumford

2. : the quality or state of being without or free from something : lack , absence , want

loneliness that was one with the cruel void of the prairie sky — Walter O'Meara

3. : a feeling of want or hollowness (as from unsatisfied desire)

4. : sunyata 1

5. : absence of any card of a particular suit in a hand as originally dealt

partner has a void in spades

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English voiden, from Middle French voidier, vuidier, from Old French, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin vocitare, from vocuus empty

transitive verb


a. : to make empty or vacant : clear

press gallery has been voided of the customary bulky desks — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

b. : vacate , leave

void the room

2. : to cast out : discharge , emit

void excrement

3. obsolete : expel , dismiss

4. : to cause to be of no validity or effect : nullify , annul

void a deed

void a pension

void an insurance policy

void a contract

5. archaic : avoid , shun , evade , prevent

intransitive verb

1. archaic : to go out or away : depart

2. : to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body

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