[vahy-uh l, vahyl]
- Also phial. a small container, as of glass, for holding liquids: a vial of rare perfume; a vial of medicine.
- to put into or keep in a vial.
- pour out vials of wrath, to wreak vengeance or express anger: In her preface she pours out vials of wrath on her detractors.
Origin of vial
1300–50; Middle English viole, variant of fiole phial
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Examples from the Web for vial
Vial distinguishes between two types of images—the innocent and the showoff, in which the performers “play” for her.
But no matter where her career has taken her, or how big the Cirque has become, Vial keeps coming back.
Vial, on the other hand, has become a well-known photographer whose clients include celebrities and major advertisers.
When Vial got that first assignment, she was just beginning her photography career, and Cirque du Soleil was only a few years old.
Vial notes that most of the time, there are a lot of nationalities and many languages being spoken.
And he showed the vial, which he had brought down in his enthusiasm.Doctor Pascal
Almost everyone has tried to dissolve some substance in water in a vial.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
It was something formidable and swift, like the sudden smashing of a vial of wrath.Typhoon
I ran back and reached the vial, tugged at its huge stopper.
I barely tasted the pellet, and replaced it carefully in the vial.
- a less common variant of phial
C14: fiole, from Old French, from Old Provençal fiola, from Latin phiala, from Greek phialē; see phial
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Word Origin and History for vial
c.1300, variant of fyole (see phial).
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