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NEW CABINET CYCLOPÆDIA,
A COMPLETE SERIES OF
WITH A GENERAL DICTIONARY OF
PRESENTING A DISTINCT SURVEY OF
THOSE ON NATURAL HISTORY BEING FROM ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY EDWARDS AND
OTHERS, AND BEAUTIFULLY COLOURED AFTER NATURE.
BY JOHN MASON GOOD, ESQ. F.R.S.
OLINTHUS GREGORY, LL.D.
PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE; AND
DEPARTML is OF LITERATURE.
AND JOY; SUTTABY, EVANCE, AND FOX; E. JEFFERY; W. LOWE; J. BOOTH ;
V AC IT or u, the 20th letter and 5th vowel of VACANCY. s. (from vacant.) 1. Einpty
U , our alphabet, is formed in the voice space; vacuity (Shaks.). 2. Chasm ; space by a round configuration of the lips, and a unfilled (Watts). 3. State of a post or emgreater extrusion of the under one than in ployment when it is unsupplied (Ayliffe). 4. forming the letter o, and the tongue is also Tiine of leisure ; relaxation; intermission; more cannulated. The sound is short in curst, time unengaged (Watts). 5. Listlessness; sust, tun, tub; but is lengthened by a final e, emptiness of thought (Wotton). as in tune, tube, &c. In some words it is ra- VA'CANT. a. (vucant, Fr. vacans, Lat.) ther acuie than long; as in brute, fute, lute, 1. Empty ; unfilled ; void (Boyle). 2. Free; &c. It is mostly long in polysyllables; as in unencumbered; uncrowded (More). 3. Not union, curious, &c. but in some words it is filled by an incumbent, or possessor (Swift). obscure, as in nature, venture, &c. This let. 4. Being at leisure ; disengaged (Clarendon). ter in the form of V, or v, is properly a con- 5. Thoughtless; empty of thought; not busy. sonant, and as such is placed before all the T. VACATE. v. n. (vaco, Latin.) 1. To vowels; as in vacant, venal, vibrale, &c. annul; to make void ; to make of no authority Though the letters v and u had always two (Nelson). 2. To make vacant; to quit possounds, they had only the form v till the be- session of. 3. To defeat; to put an end to ginning of the fourth century, when the other (Dryden). form was introduced, the inconvenience of ex- VACATION. s. (vacatio, Latin.) 1. Inpressiog two different sounds by the same terinission of juridical proces dings, or any other letter having been observed long before. In stated employments; recess of courts or senates numerals V stands for five; and with a dash (Cowell). 2. Leisure; freedom from trouble added at top, thus V, it signifies 5000. In or perplexity (Hammond). abbreviations, amongst the Romans, V. A. VA CARY. s. (vucca, Latin.) A cowstood for veterani assignati; V. B. viro lone; house; a cow.pasture (Bailey). V.B.Aviri boni arbitralu; V. B. F. vir lonæ VACCINATION, in medicine, the process fidei: V. C. vir consularis; V. C. C. F. vale of inoculating a person with the virus of the disconjur charissime, feliciter ; V. D. D. vuto ease, called vaccina, or cow-pox, in order to dedicatur; V. G. verbi gratia ; Vir. Ve. virgo render him incapable of being infected by the restalis ; VL. videlicet ; V. N. quinto nona- small-pox; thus employing a milder disease as
an antidote to a severer. VABRES, a town of France, in the depart
This may be regarded as one of the most im. ment of Aveiron. Though an episcopal see
portant discoveries of modern times, and al
though strenuously opposed and decried by inbefore the revolution, it is litule better than a
dividuals in most countries, has met with all village ; but has some manufactures of serges, th
the support and countenance from all the godimities, and cottons. It is seated at the con
vernments of every part of the globe to which it Agence of two small rivers that fall into the is entitled Under the article INOCULATION wa Taru, 30 miles S. E. of Rodez, and 32 E. of have entered at some length into the history and Alby. Lon. 2. 55 E. Lat. 43. 57 N.
praxis of this admirable preservative, and have VOL. XI.-PART II.