American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Vast

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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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Vast," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed August 14, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VH2LPJQ1FAC1QZ.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Vast." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 14 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VH2LPJQ1FAC1QZ.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Vast' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 14 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VH2LPJQ1FAC1QZ.