1. Law. having no legal force or effect; not legally binding or enforceable.
  2. useless; ineffectual; vain.
  3. devoid; destitute (usually followed by of): a life void of meaning.
  4. without contents; empty.
  5. without an incumbent, as an office.
  6. Mathematics. (of a set) empty.
  7. (in cards) having no cards in a suit.


  1. an empty space; emptiness: He disappeared into the void.
  2. something experienced as a loss or privation: His death left a great void in her life.
  3. a gap or opening, as in a wall.
  4. a vacancy; vacuum.
  5. Typography. counter3(def 10).
  6. (in cards) lack of cards in a suit: a void in clubs.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make ineffectual; invalidate; nullify: to void a check.
  2. to empty; discharge; evacuate: to void excrement.
  3. to clear or empty (often followed by of): to void a chamber of occupants.
  4. Archaic. to depart from; vacate.

verb (used without object)

  1. to defecate or urinate.


  1. without contents; empty
  2. not legally bindingnull and void
  3. (of an office, house, position, etc) without an incumbent; unoccupied
  4. (postpositive foll by of) destitute or devoidvoid of resources
  5. having no effect; uselessall his efforts were rendered void
  6. (of a card suit or player) having no cards in a particular suithis spades were void


  1. an empty space or areathe huge desert voids of Asia
  2. a feeling or condition of loneliness or deprivationhis divorce left him in a void
  3. a lack of any cards in one suitto have a void in spades
  4. Also called: counter the inside area of a character of type, such as the inside of an o

verb (mainly tr)

  1. to make ineffective or invalid
  2. to empty (contents, etc) or make empty of contents
  3. (also intr) to discharge the contents of (the bowels or urinary bladder)
  4. archaic to vacate (a place, room, etc)
  5. obsolete to expel

late 13c., “unoccupied, vacant,” from Anglo-French and Old French voide “empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste,” from Latin vocivus “unoccupied, vacant,” related to vacuus “empty” (see vacuum). Meaning “lacking or wanting” (something) is recorded from early 15c. Meaning “legally invalid” is attested from mid-15c.


“empty space, vacuum,” 1727; see void (adj.).


“to clear” (some place, of something), c.1300, from void (adj.); meaning “to deprive (something) of legal validity” is attested from early 14c. Related: Voided; voiding.


  1. To excrete body wastes.


  1. Containing no matter; empty.

see null and void.

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