Vat meaning

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A large container for holding liquids, as those to be used in a manufacturing process or those to be stored for fermenting or ripening.
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The definition of a vat is a large basin that holds liquids.

An example of a vat is the container a wine maker would use to hold grapes during the fermentation process.

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A large vessel, such as a tub, cistern, or barrel, used to hold or store liquids.
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VAT is defined as an abbreviation for value-added tax.

An example of VAT is a tourist in Thailand paying an additional charge for clothing purchased at a department store.

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To put into or treat in a vat.
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Value-added tax.
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Vatican.
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A liquid containing a vat dye.
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To place or store in a vat.
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To treat in a vat.
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Value-added tax.
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A large tub, such as is used for making wine or for tanning.
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A square, hollow place on the back of a calcining furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.
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(Roman Catholic) A vessel for holding holy water.
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(dated) A liquid measure and dry measure; especially, a liquid measure in Belgium and Holland, corresponding to the hectolitre of the metric system, which contains 22.01 imperial gallons, or 26.4 standard gallons in the United States. (The old Dutch grain vat averaged 0.762 Winchester bushel. The old London coal vat contained 9 bushels. The solid-measurement vat of Amsterdam contains 40 cubic feet; the wine vat, 241.57 imperial gallons, and the vat for olive oil, 225.45 imperial gallons.)
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To blend (wines or spirits) in a vat.
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Value-added tax.
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Origin of vat

  • Middle English variant of fat from Old English fæt

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English vat, a variant of fat (“vat, vessel, cask"), from Old English fæt (“vat, vessel, jar, cup; casket; division "), from Proto-Germanic *fatÄ… (“vessel"), from Proto-Indo-European *pod- (“vessel"). Cognate with Scots fat, vat, vautt (“vat, cask, tub"), West Frisian fet, Dutch vat (“barrel, cask, vessel, vat"), German Fass (“barrel, keg, drum, cask, vat"), Danish fad (“saucer, dish"), Swedish fat (“dish, barrel, cask, vat"), Icelandic fat (“dish, saucer"). See fat.

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