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

  • n. A large vessel, such as a tub, cistern, or barrel, used to hold or store liquids.
  • transitive v. To put into or treat in a vat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large tub, such as is used for making wine or for tanning.
  • v. To blend (wines or spirits) in a vat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large vessel, cistern, or tub, especially one used for holding liquors in an immature state, chemical preparations for dyeing, or for tanning, or for tanning leather, or the like.
  • n. A measure for liquids, and also a dry measure; especially, a liquid measure in Belgium and Holland, corresponding to the hectoliter of the metric system, which contains 22.01 imperial gallons, or 26.4 standard gallons in the United States.
  • n.
  • n. A wooden tub for washing ores and mineral substances in.
  • n. A square, hollow place on the back of a calcining furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.
  • n. A vessel for holding holy water.
  • transitive v. To put or transfer into a vat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in a vat; treat in a vat.
  • n. An abbreviation of Vatican.
  • n. A large tub, vessel, or cistern, especially one for holding liquors in an immature state, as chemical preparations for dyeing or for tanning leather.
  • n. A liquid measure in the Netherlands, corresponding to the hectoliter—about 22 imperial gallons.
  • n. In metallurgy: A vessel used in the wet treatment of ores, A square hollow place on the back of a calcining-furnace, in which tin ore is laid for the purpose of being dried

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

  • n. a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids
  • n. a tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production


Middle English, variant of fat, from Old English fæt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, a variant of fat, from Old English fæt ("vat, vessel"). Cognate with Old Norse fat ("luggage, pail") (Danish fad, Icelandic fat), German Fass, Dutch vat, West Frisian fet. More at fat. (Wiktionary)



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