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V'AST, a. [L. vastus. The primary sense of the root must be a part or spread, as this is connected with the verb to waste.]

1. Being of great extent; very spacious or large; as the vast ocean; a vast abyss; the vast empire of Russia; the vast plains of Syria; the vast domains of the Almighty.

2. Huge in bulk and extent; as the vast mountains of Asia; the vast range of the Andes.

3. Very great in numbers or amount; as a vast army; vast numbers or multitudes were slain; vast sums of money have been expended to gratify pride and ambition.

4. Very great in force; mighty; as vast efforts; vast labor.

5. Very great in importance; as a subject of vast concern.

V'AST, n. An empty waste.

Through the vast of heav'n it sounded.

The watery vast.



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V'AST, a. [L. vastus. The primary sense of the root must be a part or spread, as this is connected with the verb to waste.]

1. Being of great extent; very spacious or large; as the vast ocean; a vast abyss; the vast empire of Russia; the vast plains of Syria; the vast domains of the Almighty.

2. Huge in bulk and extent; as the vast mountains of Asia; the vast range of the Andes.

3. Very great in numbers or amount; as a vast army; vast numbers or multitudes were slain; vast sums of money have been expended to gratify pride and ambition.

4. Very great in force; mighty; as vast efforts; vast labor.

5. Very great in importance; as a subject of vast concern.

V'AST, n. An empty waste.

Through the vast of heav'n it sounded.

The watery vast.

VAST, a. [L. vastus; Fr. vaste; It. vasto. The primary sense of the root must be to part or spread, as this is connected with the verb to waste.]

  1. Being of great extent; very spacious or large; as, the vast ocean; a vast abyss; the vast empire of Russia; the vast plains of Syria; the vast domains of the Almighty.
  2. Huge in bulk and extent; as, the vast mountains of Asia; the vast range of the Andes.
  3. Very great in numbers or amount; as, a vast army; vast numbers or multitudes were slain; vast sums of money have been expended to gratify pride and ambition.
  4. Very great in force; mighty; as, vast efforts; vast labor.
  5. Very great in importance; as, a subject of vast concern.

VAST, n.

An empty waste. Through the vast of heav'n it sounded. – Milton. The watery vast. – Pope.


Vast
  1. Waste; desert; desolate; lonely.

    [Obs.]

    The empty, vast, and wandering air. Shak.

  2. A waste region; boundless space; immensity.

    "The watery vast." Pope.

    Michael bid sound
    The archangel trumpet. Through the vast of heaven
    It sounded.
    Milton.

  3. Of great extent; very spacious or large; also, huge in bulk; immense; enormous; as, the vast ocean; vast mountains; the vast empire of Russia.

    Through the vast and boundless deep. Milton.

  4. Very great in numbers, quantity, or amount; as, a vast army; a vast sum of money.
  5. Very great in importance; as, a subject of vast concern.

    Syn. -- Enormous; huge; immense; mighty.

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Vast

V'AST, adjective [Latin vastus. The primary sense of the root must be a part or spread, as this is connected with the verb to waste.]

1. Being of great extent; very spacious or large; as the vast ocean; a vast abyss; the vast empire of Russia; the vast plains of Syria; the vast domains of the Almighty.

2. Huge in bulk and extent; as the vast mountains of Asia; the vast range of the Andes.

3. Very great in numbers or amount; as a vast army; vast numbers or multitudes were slain; vast sums of money have been expended to gratify pride and ambition.

4. Very great in force; mighty; as vast efforts; vast labor.

5. Very great in importance; as a subject of vast concern.

V'AST, noun An empty waste.

Through the vast of heav'n it sounded.

The watery vast

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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