[ kask, kahsk ]
/ kæsk, kɑsk /
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a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.
the quantity such a container holds: wine at 32 guineas a cask.
verb (used with object)
to place or store in a cask.
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Origin of cask
1425–75; late Middle English; back formation from casket, the -et being taken as the diminutive suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM caskcasklike, adjectiveun·cask, verb (used with object)un·casked, adjective
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How to use cask in a sentence
Jonathan Alter on the dry casking technology that might help at a reactor outside New York City.
Dry casking at Indian Point and other American nuclear power plants is a supplement to the pools, not an alternative.
British Dictionary definitions for cask
/ (kɑːsk) /
a strong wooden barrel used mainly to hold alcoholic drinka wine cask
the quantity contained in a cask
Australian a lightweight cardboard container with plastic lining and a small tap, used to hold and serve wine
engineering another name for flask (def. 6)
Word Origin for cask
C15: from Spanish casco helmet, perhaps from cascar to break
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