The white vapour
of the kiln was passing from us as we went by, and, as I had thought a prayer before, I thought a thanksgiving now.
Rank reeds and lush, slimy water-plants sent an odour of decay and a heavy miasmatic vapour
onto our faces, while a false step plunged us more than once thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet.
A great part of huge earth was scorched by the terrible vapour
and melted as tin melts when heated by men's art in channelled (27) crucibles; or as iron, which is hardest of all things, is softened by glowing fire in mountain glens and melts in the divine earth through the strength of Hephaestus (28).
It was, by this time, within an hour of noon, and although a dense vapour
still enveloped the city they had left, as if the very breath of its busy people hung over their schemes of gain and profit, and found greater attraction there than in the quiet region above, in the open country it was clear and fair.
The sun was setting, and a gentle southerly breeze, striking against the southern side of the rock, mingled its current with the colder air above; and the vapour was thus condensed; but as the light wreaths of cloud passed over the ridge, and came within the influence of the warmer atmosphere of the northern sloping bank, they were immediately re-dissolved.
During this day I was particularly struck with a remark of Humboldt's, who often alludes to "the thin vapour which, without changing the transparency of the air, renders its tints more harmonious, and softens its effects.
Kissed and sucked WOULD it be by the thirst of the sun; vapour
WOULD it become, and height, and path of light, and light itself!
As he stood there for a moment, listening, his face became moist with the drifting vapour
The sun, which had been struggling through such masses of vapour
throughout the day, fell slowly in a streak of clear sky, and thence sunk gloriously into the gloomy wastes, as he is wont to settle into the waters of the ocean.
including John himself) put down his sixpence for a can of flip, which grateful beverage was brewed with all despatch, and set down in the midst of them on the brick floor; both that it might simmer and stew before the fire, and that its fragrant steam, rising up among them, and mixing with the wreaths of vapour
from their pipes, might shroud them in a delicious atmosphere of their own, and shut out all the world.
Now, the clustered roofs, and piles of buildings, trembling with the working of engines, and dimly resounding with their shrieks and throbbings; the tall chimneys vomiting forth a black vapour, which hung in a dense ill-favoured cloud above the housetops and filled the air with gloom; the clank of hammers beating upon iron, the roar of busy streets and noisy crowds, gradually augmenting until all the various sounds blended into one and none was distinguishable for itself, announced the termination of their journey.
As the child could not endure the intolerable vapours of the cabin, they covered her, in return for her exertions, with some pieces of sail-cloth and ends of tarpaulin, which sufficed to keep her tolerably dry and to shelter her grandfather besides.
The sponsorship-led initiative will form part of a new six-month campaign, The JAC Vapour
Exchange, which will encourage smokers to exchange their traditional cigarettes for a healthier alternative - a high quality e-cigarette.
Around 10,000 metric tonnes per year of petrol vapour
is believed to be lost in the UAE alone from all petrol storage tanks.
1980, Mercury vapour
levels in a domestic environment following breakage of a clinical thermometer.