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vacuum cleaner

  
     ( vacuum cleaners    plural  ) , vacuum-cleaner   A vacuum cleaner or a vacuum is an electric machine which sucks up dust and dirt from carpets.      n-count  
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vacuum     ( vacuums    plural & 3rd person present)   ( vacuuming    present participle)   ( vacuumed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   If someone or something creates a vacuum, they leave a place or position which then needs to be filled by another person or thing.  
usu sing, oft supp N  
His presence should fill the power vacuum which has been developing over the past few days.     
2    If something is done in a vacuum, it is not affected by any outside influences or information.  
in a vacuum      phrase   PHR after v  
Moral values cannot be taught in a vacuum...     
3       verb   If you vacuum something, you clean it using a vacuum cleaner.  
I vacuumed the carpets today...      V n  
It's important to vacuum regularly.      V  
4       n-count   A vacuum is a space that contains no air or other gas.  
usu sing  


vacuum bottle        ( vacuum bottles    plural  ) A vacuum bottle is the same as a vacuum flask.  
  (AM)      n-count  
vacuum cleaner        ( vacuum cleaners    plural  ) , vacuum-cleaner   A vacuum cleaner or a vacuum is an electric machine which sucks up dust and dirt from carpets.      n-count  
vacuum flask        ( vacuum flasks    plural  ) A vacuum flask is a container which is used to keep hot drinks hot or cold drinks cold. It has two thin silvery glass walls with a vacuum between them.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, usually use Thermos, vacuum bottle     
vacuum-packed     
Food that is vacuum-packed is packed in a bag from which most of the air has been removed, in order to keep the food fresh.      adj  

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vacuum

  
  
emptiness, free space, gap, nothingness, space, vacuity, void  

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