Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small container, such as a bottle, having a narrow neck and usually a cap, especially:
  • n. A flat, relatively thin container for liquor.
  • n. A container or case for carrying gunpowder or shot.
  • n. A vial or round long-necked vessel for laboratory use.
  • n. A frame for holding a sand mold in a foundry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A container used to discreetly carry a small amount of a hard alcoholic beverage; a pocket flask.
  • n. Laboratory glassware used to hold larger volumes than test tubes, normally having a narrow mouth of a standard size which widens to a flat or spherical base.
  • n. A container for holding a casting mold, especially for sand casting molds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bottle-shaped vessel for holding fluids.
  • n. A narrow-necked vessel of metal or glass, used for various purposes; as of sheet metal, to carry gunpowder in; or of wrought iron, to contain quicksilver; or of glass, to heat water in, etc.
  • n. A bed in a gun carriage.
  • n. The wooden or iron frame which holds the sand, etc., forming the mold used in a foundry; it consists of two or more parts; viz., the cope or top; sometimes, the cheeks, or middle part; and the drag, or bottom part. When there are one or more cheeks, the flask is called a three part flask, four part flask, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bottle, especially one of some peculiar form or material (see below): as, a flask for wine or oil.
  • n. Specifically— A narrow-necked globular glass bottle: as, a Florence flask.
  • n. A metallic or other portable dram-bottle, with flat sides: as, a pocket-flask.
  • n. A vessel, generally of metal or horn, for containing gunpowder, carried by sportsmen, usually furnished with a measure of the charge at the top.
  • n. An iron vessel for containing mercury, in the shape of a long bottle. A flask of mercury from California is about 75 pounds.
  • n. A vessel used in a laboratory for sublimation, for digesting in a sand-bath, or for any similar purpose.
  • n. A shallow frame of wood or iron used in foundries to contain the sand and patterns employed in molding and casting.
  • n. A bed in a gun-carriage.
  • n. A long narrow case, as for arrows; a quiver; hence, a set of arrows in a quiver.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bottle that has a narrow neck
  • n. the quantity a flask will hold

Etymologies

Middle English, cask, keg, from Old French flasque, from Late Latin flascō, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English flask ("cask, keg"), from flaske ("case"), from Anglo-Norman flascon, from Late Latin flascō ("bottle"), from Frankish *flasko (whence also Dutch fles), from Proto-Germanic *flaskōn (“braid-covered bottle, wicker-enclosed jug”) (whence also Old English flaxe, flasce, German Flasche), from Proto-Indo-European *ploḱ-skō (“flat”) (whence also Lithuanian plókščias, Czech ploský). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • You may think that a titanium flask is overkill, but after that first swig of Scotch at the end of a hike you'll appreciate the ounces it shaves over a standard stainless steel one. $160, snowpeak. com

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  • On related notes, already argued US vs. UN with Ray today, and ... wow, look, someone else who just keeps talking and talking and doesn't get what is really going on or what anyone else is saying. cobie, your gift is getting good use today, as I have a certain flask in my hip pocket, just full of Southern Comfort, and that is PRECISELY what it's providing at the moment.

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  • In other words, make sure Granddaddy's whiskey flask is properly labeled.

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  • Acquired a mini-flask from a friend, and picked up a birthday gift for someone that may never make it to him (mine.mine. mine.mine.).

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  • In _ [= o] _ the lips are nearer to the teeth, and the neck of the flask is shorter and wider; the larynx is somewhat more elevated than in the last case, and the pitch of the sound is higher.

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  • But I forgot the flask is so insulated for such a thin-walled container that the ice actually stayed around for hours afterward, so the resulting mix wasn’t as diluted as I usually like.

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  • The initial science breakthrough, if you will, came in early 2005, in terms of having validated science that could be used to show the flask was the parent, science that could be used at trial, that could lead to admissible evidence.

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  • The flask was his, a present from his granduncle upon finishing first in his scholastic exit exams, but the book did not belong there.

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  • His flask was the same distance from the ground as it had been when he tied it there.

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