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  • English Word Vainly Definition In a vain manner; in vain.
  • English Word Vainness Definition The quality or state of being vain.
  • English Word Vair Definition The skin of the squirrel, much used in the fourteenth century as fur for garments, and frequently mentioned by writers of that period in describing the costly dresses of kings, nobles, and prelates. It is represented in heraldry by a series of small shields placed close together, and alternately white and blue.
  • English Word Vairy Definition Charged with vair; variegated with shield-shaped figures. See Vair.
  • English Word Vaishnava Definition A worshiper of the god Vishnu in any of his incarnations.
  • English Word Vaishnavism Definition The worship of Vishnu.
  • English Word Vaisya Definition The third of the four great original castes among the Hindus, now either extinct or partially represented by the mercantile class of Banyas. See the Note under Caste, 1.
  • English Word Vaivode Definition See Waywode.
  • English Word Vakeel Definition A native attorney or agent; also, an ambassador.
  • English Word Valance Definition Hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the like, especially that which hangs around a bedstead, from the bed to the floor.
  • English Word Valance Definition The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk. which covers the joint when the lid is closed.
  • English Word Valance Definition To furnish with a valance; to decorate with hangings or drapery.
  • English Word Valanced Definition of Valance
  • English Word Valancing Definition of Valance
  • English Word Vale Definition A tract of low ground, or of land between hills; a valley.
  • English Word Vale Definition See 2d Vail, 3.
  • English Word Valediction Definition A farewell; a bidding farewell.
  • English Word Valedictorian Definition One who pronounces a valedictory address; especially, in American colleges, the student who pronounces the valedictory of the graduating class at the annual commencement, usually the student who ranks first in scholarship.
  • English Word Valedictories Definition of Valedictory
  • English Word Valedictory Definition Bidding farewell; suitable or designed for an occasion of leave-taking; as, a valedictory oration.
  • English Word Valedictory Definition A valedictory oration or address spoken at commencement in American colleges or seminaries by one of the graduating class, usually by the leading scholar.
  • English Word Valence Definition The degree of combining power of an atom (or radical) as shown by the number of atoms of hydrogen (or of other monads, as chlorine, sodium, etc.) with which it will combine, or for which it can be substituted, or with which it can be compared; thus, an atom of hydrogen is a monad, and has a valence of one; the atoms of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon are respectively dyads, triads, and tetrads, and have a valence respectively of two, three, and four.
  • English Word Valencia Definition A kind of woven fabric for waistcoats, having the weft of wool and the warp of silk or cotton.
  • English Word Valenciennes lace Definition A rich kind of lace made at Valenciennes, in France. Each piece is made throughout, ground and pattern, by the same person and with the same thread, the pattern being worked in the net.
  • English Word Valencies Definition of Valency
  • English Word Valency Definition See Valence.
  • English Word Valency Definition A unit of combining power; a so-called bond of affinity.
  • English Word Valentia Definition See Valencia.
  • English Word Valentine Definition A sweetheart chosen on St. Valentine's Day.
  • English Word Valentine Definition A letter containing professions of love, or a missive of a sentimental, comic, or burlesque character, sent on St. Valentine's Day.