Vacancy Va"can*cy, n.; pl. {Vacancies}. [Cf. F. vacance.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness. [1913 Webster]

All dispositions to idleness or vacancy, even before they are habits, are dangerous. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is vacant. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Empty space; vacuity; vacuum. [1913 Webster]

How is't with you, That you do bend your eye on vacancy? --Shak. [1913 Webster] (b) An open or unoccupied space between bodies or things; an interruption of continuity; chasm; gap; as, a vacancy between buildings; a vacancy between sentences or thoughts. [1913 Webster] (c) Unemployed time; interval of leisure; time of intermission; vacation. [1913 Webster]

Time lost partly in too oft idle vacancies given both to schools and universities. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

No interim, not a minute's vacancy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Those little vacancies from toil are sweet. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (d) A place or post unfilled; an unoccupied office; as, a vacancy in the senate, in a school, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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