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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)

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.

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?"