Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as casque.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The quantity contained in a cask.
  • n. A casket; a small box for jewels.
  • transitive v. To put into a cask.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. An irregular measure of capacity.
  • n. In dyeing, an apparatus for steaming and thus fixing the colors of cloths which are printed with a mixture of dyestuffs and mordants.
  • n. A helmet. [In this sense now usually spelled casque (which see).]
  • To put into a cask.
  • To provide with or put on a casque or helmet.
  • n. A casket; a case or shell.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English caske, possibly from Old Spanish casco, potsherd, helmet, from cascar, to break; see cascara.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French casque. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The wines were exported in cask and bottled and cellared there.

    Vintage port: 1948 Taylor, 1945 Fonseca, 1927 Niepoort | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • In fact, cask is under-represented in the north, largely because "northern" brands such as John Smith's and Boddingtons are in decline.

    Real ale revival continues as women and young buy more

  • "Oodles and oodles of it, gold and gold and better than gold, in cask and chest, in cask and chest, a fathom under the sand," the

    CHAPTER IX

  • "Oodles and oodles of it, my gentlemen, in cask and chest, in cask and chest, a fathom under the sand."

    CHAPTER IX

  • A cask is usually small enough that it will be finished the same night that it is tapped.

    Long Island Beer Events

  • If you arrive when the cask is tapped, you'll get to see the cellarman (or "landlord" or "publican", etc.) tap the cask.

    Long Island Beer Events

  • The cask is usually gone by 10 p.m. or so, but DEKS has more than enough fine beers on offer to get you through the rest of your night.

    Long Island Beer Events

  • Keep you eye on my new beer-focused blog, The Beer Hall, because I'll be telling you what the cask is when we finally secure a supplier.

    Long Island Beers

  • When the cask is tapped everyone cheers and the beer starts flowing.

    LENNDEVOURS:

  • The man in the "crow's nest," as they call the cask fixed up at the mast-head, was looking anxiously out for whales, and the crew were idling about the deck.

    Fighting the Whales

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