Flask meaning

flăsk
A small container, such as a bottle, having a narrow neck and usually a cap, especially:
  • A flat, relatively thin container for liquor.
  • A container or case for carrying gunpowder or shot.
  • A vial or round long-necked vessel for laboratory use.
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The frame for a mold of sand in a foundry.
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A frame for holding a sand mold in a foundry.
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Any small, bottle-shaped container with a narrow neck, used in laboratories, etc.
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A small, flattened container for liquor, etc., to be carried in the pocket.
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A rounded container with a long neck, used in laboratories.
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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.
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A container used to discreetly carry a small amount of a hard alcoholic beverage; a pocket flask.
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(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.
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(engineering) A container for holding a casting mold, especially for sand casting molds.
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A bed in a gun carriage.

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Origin of flask

  • Middle English cask, keg from Old French flasque from Late Latin flascō of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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).
    From Wiktionary
  • Sense 2 from Italian fiasco and sense 3 from Middle French flasque (“powder flask”), itself from Old Spanish flasco, frasco, both from Late Latin above.
    From Wiktionary