verb (used without object)
- to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; regurgitate; throw up.
- to belch or spew with force or violence.
verb (used with object)
- to eject from the stomach through the mouth; spew.
- to cast out or eject as if in vomiting; send out forcefully or violently: The volcano vomited flames and molten rock.
- to cause (a person) to vomit.
- the act of vomiting.
- the matter ejected in vomiting.
verb -its, -iting or -ited
- to eject (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth as the result of involuntary muscular spasms of the stomach and oesophagus
- to eject or be ejected forcefully; spew forth
- the matter ejected in vomiting
- the act of vomiting
- a drug or agent that induces vomiting; emetic
late 14c., “act of expelling contents of the stomach through the mouth,” from Latin vomitare “to vomit often,” frequentative of vomere “spew forth, discharge,” from PIE root *wem- “to spit, vomit” (cf. Greek emein “to vomit,” emetikos “provoking sickness;” Sanskrit vamati “he vomits;” Avestan vam- “to spit;” Lithuanian vemiu “to vomit,” Old Norse væma “seasickness”). In reference to the matter so ejected, it is attested from late 14c.
early 15c.; see vomit (n.). Related: Vomited; vomiting.
- To eject part or all of the stomach contents through the mouth, usually in a series of involuntary spasmic movements.
- The act or an instance of ejecting matter from the stomach through the mouth.
- Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth.
- An emetic.
- Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth, usually as a result of involuntary muscle contractions.