(Vague"ness), n. The quality or state of being vague.
(||Va"gus) a. [L., wandering.] (Anat.) Wandering; applied especially to the pneumogastric
nerve. n. The vagus, ore pneumogastric, nerve.
(Vail) n. & v. t. Same as Veil.
(Vail), n. [Aphetic form of avail, n.]
1. Avails; profit; return; proceeds. [Obs.]
My house is as were the cave where the young outlaw hoards the stolen vails of his occupation.Chapman.
2. An unexpected gain or acquisition; a casual advantage or benefit; a windfall. [Obs.]
3. Money given to servants by visitors; a gratuity; usually in the plural. [Written also vale.] Dryden.
(Vail), v. t. [Aphetic form of avale. See Avale, Vale.] [Written also vale, and veil.]
1. To let fail; to allow or cause to sink. [Obs.]
Vail your regardShak.
Upon a wronged, I would fain have said, a maid!
2. To lower, or take off, in token of inferiority, reverence, submission, or the like.
France must vail her lofty-plumed crest!Shak.
Without vailing his bonnet or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic.Sir. W. Scott.
(Vail) v. i. To yield or recede; to give place; to show respect by yielding, uncovering, or the like. [Written
also vale, and veil.] [Obs.]
Thy convenience must vail to thy neighbor's necessity.South.
(Vail), n. Submission; decline; descent. [Obs.]
(Vail"er) n. One who vails. [Obs.] Overbury.
(Vai"mure) n. An outer, or exterior. wall. See Vauntmure. [Obs.] Hakluyt.
(Vain) a. [Compar. Vainer ; superl. Vainest.] [F. vain, L. vanus empty, void, vain. Cf. Vanish,
Vanity, Vaunt to boast.]
1. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying. "Thy vain excuse."
Every man walketh in a vain show.Ps. xxxix. 6.
Let no man deceive you with vain words.Eph. v. 6.
Vain pomp, and glory of this world, I hate ye!Shak.
Vain visdom all, and false philosophy.Milton.