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.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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