- a large container, as a tub or tank, used for storing or holding liquids: a wine vat.
- a preparation containing an insoluble dye converted by reduction into a soluble leuco base.
- a vessel containing such a preparation.
- to put into or treat in a vat.
Origin of vat
Examples from the Web for vats
Together the teams will use 66lb of flour, 408lb of butter, 990lb of sugar, four vats of golden syrup and 1,480lb of chocolate.Giant Cake Bake to Celebrate Jubilee
May 28, 2012
When the skins and stems begin to form a cap on top of the vats, they are punched down by hand.An Old-Fashioned Wine Harvest
October 18, 2010
I was then taken to visit his incandescent ovens and his vats in a state of ebullition.My Double Life
Then the thrice-lovely Nastasia herself leaped into the vats.
Then the thrice-lovely Nastasia made the nobleman leap into the vats.
Maybe it has something to do with the bodies they put in the vats.
"We'll take the body to the hydroponic farm for the vats," he said.
- a large container for holding or storing liquids
- chem a preparation of reduced vat dye
- (tr) to place, store, or treat in a vat
- value-added tax: a tax levied on the difference between the cost of materials and the selling price of a commodity or service
Word Origin and History for vats
early 13c., southern variant (see V) of Old English fæt "container, vat," from Proto-Germanic *fatan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old Frisian fet, Middle Dutch, Dutch vat, Old High German faz, German faß).