One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Denoting the entrance or exit passages in a theater or amphitheater.
- ‘By Opening Day 2008, the stadium will feature new bullpens that will be perpendicular to the field, expanded dugout and crown seating and expanded vomitories - the tunnel-like passages between the seats and the outside walls - in the stadium.’
- ‘Similarly, the terrace units, vomitories and step units are delivered to site for immediate positioning onto prepared bearings, either precast raker beams or steelwork.’
- ‘On the upper concourse the entrance tunnels to the seating, known as vomitories, used a mix of precast and in situ walls.’
- ‘Can't you hear the announcer… ‘Let's greet the visitors, coming through their vomitory, with an appropriate sound…’’
- ‘The area inside Gate D has long been one of the most crowded areas on the concourses in part because all fans had to enter through the lower vomitories at the field level.’
- ‘Additional seats mean additional revenue event after event, and the company can help you add seating even in the vomitories.’
- ‘‘No, no! ‘she shouted involuntarily, rising from her seat, but the spectators were already stampeding to the vomitories, flooding the imperial box, overwhelming the guards.’’
- ‘Terraces with more than 23 rows, and most second tier terraces, will usually have vomitories.’
- ‘The vomitories may have simple ‘bracelet’ vertical gangways or be joined by horizontal gangways as well.’
2rare Relating to or inducing vomiting.
- another term for vomitorium (sense 1)
Early 17th century: from Latin vomitorius, based on vomere ‘to vomit’, partly as an anglicization of Latin vomitorium (see vomitorium).
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