Va*ca"tion(?), n. [F., fr. L. vacatio a being free from a duty, service, etc., fr. vacare. See Vacate.]
1. The act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, the
vacation of an office or a charter.
2. Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure.
It was not in his nature, however, at least till years had chastened it, to take any vacation from controversy.Palfrey.
Hence, specifically: -
(Law) Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess. "With lawyers in the vacation."
(b) A period of intermission of regular paid work or employment, or of studies and exercises at an educational institution; the time during which a person temporarily ceases regular duties of any kind and performs other activites, usually some form of liesure; holidays; recess (at a school); as, the spring
vacation; to spend one's
vacation travelling; to paint the house while on
Vacation is typically used for rest, travel, or recreation, but may be used for any purpose. In Britain this sense of
vacation is usually referred to as
[1913 Webster +PJC]
(c) The time when an office is vacant; esp.
(Eccl.), the time when a see, or other spiritual dignity, is vacant.
Va*ca"tur(?), n. [NL., it is made void, fr. L. vacare to be empty. See Vacant.] (Law) An order of court by which a proceeding is set aside or annulled.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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