Hault vs Vault - What's the difference?

hault | vault |

As an adjective hault

is (obsolete) lofty; haughty.

As a noun vault is

an arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy or vault can be an act of vaulting; a leap or jump.

As a verb vault is

to build as, or cover with a vault or vault can be (ambitransitive) to jump or leap over.




(en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Lofty; haughty.
  • * Through support of countenance proud and hault . — Spenser.
  • (Webster 1913) ----



    (wikipedia vault)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) volte (modern .


    (en noun)
  • An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy.
  • * Gray
  • the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault
  • A structure resembling a vault, especially (poetic) that formed by the sky.
  • * Shakespeare
  • that heaven's vault should crack
  • * 1985', God said, ‘Let there be a ' vault through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two.’ — Genesis 1:6 (New Jerusalem Bible)
  • A secure, enclosed area, especially an underground room used for burial, or to store valuables, wine etc.
  • The bank kept their money safe in a large vault .
    Family members had been buried in the vault for centuries.
  • * Sandys
  • the silent vaults of death
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • to banish rats that haunt our vault
    Derived terms
    * barrel vault * cloister vault * compound vault * cross vault * decapartite vault * dodecapartite vault * domical vault * groin vault * oblique vault * octopartite vault * panel vault * polygonal vault * quadripartite vault * quinquepartite vault * ribbed vault * segmental vault * septempartite vault * sexpartite vault * star vault * stilted vault * tripartite vault * Welsh vault


    (en verb)
  • To build as, or cover with a vault.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The shady arch that vaulted the broad green alley.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) frequentative form of (etyl) volvere; later assimilated to Etymology 1, above.


    (en verb)
  • (ambitransitive) To jump or leap over.
  • The fugitive vaulted over the fence to escape.
    Derived terms
    * vaulter * vaulting


    (en noun)
  • An act of vaulting; a leap or jump.
  • (gymnastics) An event in gymanstics performed on a vaulting horse.
  • See also

    * pole vault * vaulting horse