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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vapor mean? 

VAPOR (noun)
  The noun VAPOR has 2 senses:

1. a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance
2. the process of becoming a vapor

  Familiarity information: VAPOR used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

VAPOR (noun)

Sense 1vapor [BACK TO TOP]


A visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances


vapor; vapour

Hypernyms ("vapor" is a kind of...):

suspension (a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vapor"):

steam (water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere)

water vapor; water vapour (water in a vaporous form diffused in the atmosphere but below boiling temperature)

Sense 2vapor [BACK TO TOP]


The process of becoming a vapor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes


evaporation; vaporisation; vapor; vaporization; vapour

Hypernyms ("vapor" is a kind of...):

phase change; phase transition; physical change; state change (a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vapor"):

boiling (the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas)

clouding; clouding up (the process whereby water particles become visible in the sky)

smoke; smoking (a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion)

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