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void Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the state of nonexistence
    nothingness; nullity; nihility.
  2. noun an empty area or space
    vacancy; emptiness; vacuum.
    • the huge desert voids
    • the emptiness of outer space
    • without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum
  3. verb declare invalid
    invalidate; annul; nullify; quash; avoid.
    • The contract was annulled
    • void a plea
  4. verb clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place or receptacle) of something
    • The chemist voided the glass bottle
    • The concert hall was voided of the audience
  5. verb take away the legal force of or render ineffective
    invalidate; vitiate.
    • invalidate a contract
  6. verb excrete or discharge from the body
    empty; evacuate.
  7. adjective satellite lacking any legal or binding force
    • null and void
  8. adjective satellite containing nothing
    • the earth was without form, and void

Void adjective
OE. voide, OF. voit, voide, vuit, vuide, F. vide, fr. (assumed) LL. vocitus, fr. L. vocare, an old form of vacare to be empty, or a kindred word. Cf. Vacant, Avoid.
  1. Containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled.
    The earth was without form, and void. Gen. i. 2.
    I 'll get me to a place more void. Shak.
    I 'll chain him in my study, that, at void hours, I may run over the story of his country. Massinger.
  2. Having no incumbent; unoccupied; -- said of offices and the like.
    Divers great offices that had been long void. Camden.
  3. Being without; destitute; free; wanting; devoid; as, void of learning, or of common use. Milton.
    A conscience void of offense toward God. Acts xxiv. 16.
    He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor. Prov. xi. 12.
  4. Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
    [My word] shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please. Isa. lv. 11.
    I will make void the counsel of Judah. Jer. xix. 7.
  5. Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul. "Idol, void and vain." Pope.
  6. (Law) Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification; null. Cf. Voidable, 2. Syn. -- Empty; vacant; devoid; wanting; unfurnished; unsupplied; unoccupied.
Void noun
  1. An empty space; a vacuum.
    Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defense, And fills up all the mighty void of sense. Pope.
Void transitive verb
OF. voidier, vuidier. See Void, a.
imperfect & past participle Voided; present participle & verbal noun Voiding
  1. To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave; as, to void a table.
    Void anon her place. Chaucer.
    If they will fight with us, bid them come down, Or void the field. Shak.
  2. To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge; as, to void excrements.
    A watchful application of mind in voiding prejudices. Barrow.
    With shovel, like a fury, voided out The earth and scattered bones. J. Webster.
  3. To render void; to make to be of no validity or effect; to vacate; to annul; to nullify.
    After they had voided the obligation of the oath he had taken. Bp. Burnet.
    It was become a practice . . . to void the security that was at any time given for money so borrowed. Clarendon.
Void intransitive verb
  1. To be emitted or evacuated. Wiseman.

Webster 1913