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. "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."

6. Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification; null. Cf. Voidable.

<physics> Void space, a vacuum.

Synonyms: Empty, vacant, devoid, wanting, unfurnished, unsupplied, unoccupied.

Origin: 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.

(01 Mar 1998)