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Posted by Jim on October 17, 2000 20:52:06 UTC

from the Merriam-Webster website...(www.m-w.com)

Main Entry: 1vac·u·um
Pronunciation: `va-(")kyüm, -ky&m also -kyu-&m
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural vac·u·ums or vac·ua /-ky&-w&/
Etymology: Latin, from neuter of vacuus empty, from vacare to be empty
Date: 1550
1 : emptiness of space
2 a : a space absolutely devoid of matter b : a space partially exhausted (as to the highest degree possible) by artificial means (as an air pump) c : a degree of rarefaction below atmospheric pressure
3 a : a state or condition resembling a vacuum : VOID b : a state of isolation from outside influences
4 : a device creating or utilizing a partial vacuum; especially : VACUUM CLEANER

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