Va"cant(?), a. [F., fr. L. vacans, -antis, p. pr. of vacare to be empty, to be free or unoccupied, to have leisure, also vocare; akin to vacuus empty, and probably to E. void. Cf. Evacuate, Void, a.]
1. Deprived of contents; not filled; empty; as, a
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form.Shak.
Being of those virtues vacant.Shak.
There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended,Longfellow.
But has one vacant chair.
2. Unengaged with business or care; unemployed; unoccupied; disengaged; free; as,
Religion is the interest of all; but philosophy of those . . . at leisure, and vacant from the affairs of the world.Dr. H. More.
There was not a minute of the day which he left vacant.Bp. Fell.
3. Not filled or occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer; unoccupied; as, a
vacant throne; a
vacant house; a
vacant apartment; a
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Special dignities which vacant lieShak.
For thy best use and wearing.
4. Empty of thought; thoughtless; not occupied with study or reflection; as, a
The duke had a pleasant and vacant face.Sir H. Wotton.
When on my couch I lieWordsworth.
In vacant or in pensive mood.
(Law) Abandoned; having no heir, possessor, claimant, or occupier; as, a
(Law), one that is claimed by no person, or where all the heirs are unknown, or where all the known heirs to it have renounced it.
Syn. -- Empty; void; devoid; free; unemployed; disengaged; unincumbered; uncrowded; idle. -- Vacant, Empty. A thing is empty when there is nothing in it; as, an
empty room, or an
empty noddle. Vacant adds the idea of having been previously filled, or intended to be filled or occupied; as, a
vacant seat at table; a
vacant hours. When we speak of a vacant look or a vacant mind, we imply the absence of the intelligence naturally to be expected there.
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