Definition of "vicinal" []

  • Of, belonging to, or restricted to a limited area or neighborhood; local. (adjective)
  • Relating to or being a local road. (adjective)
  • Mineralogy Approximating, resembling, or taking the place of a fundamental crystalline form or face. (adjective)
  • Chemistry Of or relating to the consecutive positions of substituted elements or radicals on a benzene ring. (adjective)
  • Neighbouring (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (esp of roads) of or relating to a locality or neighbourhood (adjective)
  • Relating to or designating two adjacent atoms to which groups are attached in a chain (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "vicinal" in a sentence
  • "If I were to follow my poor Joliet through all his transmigrations and metempsychoses, as I have learned them by his hints, allusions and confessions, I should show him by turns working a rope ferry, where the stupid and indolent cattle, whose business it is to draw men, were drawn by him; then letter-carrier; supernumerary and call-boy in a village theatre; road-mender on a vicinal route; then a beadle,"
  • "A people has, therefore, a twofold location, an immediate one, based upon their actual territory, and a mediate or vicinal one, growing out of its relations to the countries nearest them."
  • "What is the difference between a natural and a vicinal location?"