from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An open container, as of glass or porcelain, used for holding flowers or for ornamentation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A container used mainly for displaying fresh, dried, or artificial flowers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel adapted for various domestic purposes, and anciently for sacrificial uses; especially, a vessel of antique or elegant pattern used for ornament; See Illust. of Portland vase, under Portland.
- n. A vessel similar to that described in the first definition above, or the representation of one in a solid block of stone, or the like, used for an ornament, as on a terrace or in a garden. See Illust. of Niche.
- n. The body, or naked ground, of the Corinthian and Composite capital; -- called also tambour, and drum.
- n. The calyx of a plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hollow vessel, generally high in proportion to its horizontal diameter, and decorative in character and purpose.
- n. Hence An object designed usually for ornament, but sometimes for other specific purposes, having somewhat the form and appearance of the vessel in the primary sense.
- n. The body of the Corinthian and Composite capital: sometimes called tambour or drum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an open jar of glass or porcelain used as an ornament or to hold flowers
French, from Latin vās, vessel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French vase, from Latin vas (Wiktionary)