Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sturdy cylindrical container for storing liquids; a barrel.
  • noun The quantity that such a container can hold.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A close, water-tight vessel formed like a barrel with staves, headings, and hoops, and used for containing liquids or substances which may become liquid: a generic term comprehending the pipe, hogshead, butt, barrel, etc.
  • noun An irregular measure of capacity.
  • noun In dyeing, an apparatus for steaming and thus fixing the colors of cloths which are printed with a mixture of dyestuffs and mordants.
  • noun A helmet. [In this sense now usually spelled casque (which see).]
  • noun A casket; a case or shell.
  • To put into a cask.
  • To provide with or put on a casque or helmet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Same as casque.
  • noun A barrel-shaped vessel made of staves headings, and hoops, usually fitted together so as to hold liquids. It may be larger or smaller than a barrel.
  • noun The quantity contained in a cask.
  • noun obsolete A casket; a small box for jewels.
  • transitive verb To put into a cask.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large barrel for the storage of liquid, especially of alcoholic drinks.
  • verb To put into a cask.

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

  • noun the quantity a cask will hold
  • noun a cylindrical container that holds liquids

Etymologies

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

[Middle English caske, possibly from Old Spanish casco, potsherd, helmet, from cascar, to break; see cascara.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French casque.

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