- any small, bottle-shaped container with a narrow neck, used in laboratories, etc.
- a small, flattened container for liquor, etc., to be carried in the pocket
- the frame for a mold of sand in a foundry
Origin of flaskMiddle English from Medieval Latin flasco and Old English flasce, both from Late Latin flasco (gen. flasconis) from flasca from Germanic an unverified form flasko, bottle, wicker-enclosed jug, probably from base of Old High German flechtan, to weave: for Indo-European base see flax
- A small container, such as a bottle, having a narrow neck and usually a cap, especially:a. A flat, relatively thin container for liquor.b. A container or case for carrying gunpowder or shot.c. A vial or round long-necked vessel for laboratory use.
- A frame for holding a sand mold in a foundry.
Origin of flaskMiddle English cask, keg from Old French flasque from Late Latin flascō of Germanic origin
- A narrow-necked vessel of metal or glass, used for various purposes; as of sheet metal, to carry gunpowder in; or of wrought iron, to contain quicksilver; or of glass, to heat water in, etc.
- A container used to discreetly carry a small amount of a hard alcoholic beverage; a pocket flask.
- (sciences) Laboratory glassware used to hold larger volumes than test tubes, normally having a narrow mouth of a standard size which widens to a flat or spherical base.
- (engineering) A container for holding a casting mold, especially for sand casting molds.
- A bed in a gun carriage.
From Middle English flask (“cask, keg”), from flaske (“case”), from Anglo-Norman flascon, from Late Latin flascō (“bottle”), from Frankish *flasko (whence also Dutch fles), from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ (“braid-covered bottle, wicker-enclosed jug”) (whence also Old English flaxe, flasce, German Flasche), from Proto-Indo-European *ploḱ-skō (“flat”) (whence also Lithuanian plókščias, Czech ploský).