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.
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
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)