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 V. V. V.,Vac’uum Boylea’num. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Vacuum
 
now means a space from which air has been expelled. Descartes says, “If a vacuum could be effected in a vessel the sides would be pressed into contact.” Galileo said, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” to account for the rise of water in pumps. (See POINT.)   1
 


 V. V. V.,Vac’uum Boylea’num. 

 
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