Definition of vacancy in English:


Syllabification: va·can·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈvākənsē

noun (plural vacancies)

  • 1An unoccupied position or job: a vacancy for a shorthand typist
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    • The Pre-School Playgroup has a temporary vacancy for a Playgroup Assistant.
    • As part of the development of our Psychology Service, vacancies have arisen for assistant psychologists.
    • I recently posted an advertisement for a vacancy and want to avoid discriminating against minority groups.
  • 1.1An available room in a hotel or other establishment providing accommodations.
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    • There are many holiday accommodation vacancies.
    • After a minor argument, we pulled up in front of an older hotel with vacancies and checked in.
    • Across the road, the Craigdarroch Arms Hotel has vacancies, as do various guest houses.
    room available, space for rent
  • 2Empty space: Cathy stared into vacancy, seeing nothing
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    • He was sitting towards the back of the vehicle, staring with a fixed expression into vacancy.
    • Primitive peoples have more time than we for contemplation, and we err in thinking that when an Aborigine is sitting, apparently idle, looking into vacancy, his mind is necessarily blank.
    • There's something about winter and snow that eliminates sound, and in that immense and roofless vacancy you sense another presence, something that doesn't move.
  • 2.1Emptiness of mind; lack of intelligence or understanding: vacancy, vanity, and inane deception
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    • The secretary specialises in vacancy and nail buffing.
    • It is a deft balancing act, measuring blank vacancy with an equally manic intensity.
    • His frequent absence of mind gave him an air of vacancy and even of stupidity.
  • 2.2 Crystallography A defect in a crystal lattice, consisting of the absence of an atom or an ion from a position where there should be one.
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    • Their conclusion is that argon is held primarily in lattice vacancy defects within the minerals.
    • Consider the formation of a vacancy in a monatomic crystal.
    • A single vacancy, either cationic or anionic, would violate the crystal electroneutrality.

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