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Definitions of vapours

  1. A disease characterised by nervous weakness and depression of spirits, in which a variety of strange images float in the brain or appear as visible; hysteria. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for vapours

  1. " That capsule contains a mixture of vapours that give out disintegrating rays when the temperature is raised by thermic induction above six thousand. – The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Train Robert Williams Wood
  2. If the water is saturated with saltpetre powder and is put in a warm place, the water will go away in vapours and the superfluous saltpetre will again gather in six- edged columns. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
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