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

  • noun A small container, usually with a closure, used especially for liquids.
  • transitive verb To put or keep in or as if in a vial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vessel or bottle; especially, a small glass bottle used for holding liquids, and particularly liquid medicines. Also phial.
  • To put or keep in a vial, or as in a vial.
  • To store up for punishment or vengeance: with reference to Rev. xvi. 1.
  • Also phial.

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

  • noun A small bottle, usually of glass; a little glass vessel with a narrow aperture intended to be closed with a stopper.
  • transitive verb To put in a vial or vials.

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

  • noun A glass vessel or bottle, especially a small bottle used to store medicine or perfume.
  • verb transitive To put or keep in, or as in, a vial.

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

  • noun a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)


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

[Middle English viole, variant of fiol; see phial.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English viole, fiole, Old French fiole. From Ancient Greek word φιάλη (phialē, "a broad flat container"). See also phial.


  • Contrast Re 7: 3; Eze 9: 4, 6. grievous -- distressing to the sufferers. sore upon the men -- antitype to the sixth Egyptian plague. which had the mark of the beast -- Therefore this first vial is subsequent to the period of the beast's rule.

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