- a bottle, usually of glass, having a rounded body and a narrow neck, used especially in laboratory experimentation.
- a flat metal or glass bottle for carrying in the pocket: a flask of brandy.
- an iron container for shipping mercury, holding a standard commercial unit of 76 pounds (34 kg).
- Metallurgy. a container into which sand is rammed around a pattern to form a mold.
Origin of flask1
- the armored plates making up the sides of a gun-carriage trail.
- Obsolete. the bed of a gun carriage.
Origin of flask2
Examples from the Web for flask
Madison, who sat at the front of the room hiding his flask, was just the beginning.Life, Liberty, and the Founding Fathers’ Pursuit of Hoppiness
July 4, 2014
That date is etched onto a flask he gave me to store last minute, to be given back in the states once we were home.Memorial Days After Mourning Has Passed
May 25, 2014
Where will we find the “flask of oil” of the new Yom Yerushalayim story?A New Jerusalem Day?
May 18, 2012
Crawford, taking swigs from a flask of vodka, caused a stir on several evenings by focusing her attentions upon Richardson.The Death of the Texas Oilman
February 4, 2009
"And bring with him a flask of holy water," added the knight of Bohemia.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The pressing of this ball actuates a detonator inside the flask I carry in my pocket.The Secret Agent
Some of them could drink from the flask, which made our work shorter.My Double Life
"We are glad to see thee, brother," said he, holding out the flask of Malmsey.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
This flask does not contain fly-dope--that's in the other flask--it contains whisky.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- a bottle with a narrow neck, esp used in a laboratory or for wine, oil, etc
- Also called: hip flask a small flattened container of glass or metal designed to be carried in a pocket, esp for liquor
- See powder flask
- a container packed with sand to form a mould in a foundry
- See vacuum flask
- Also called: cask, coffin engineering a container used for transporting irradiated nuclear fuel
Word Origin and History for flask
mid-14c., from Medieval Latin flasco "container, bottle," from Late Latin flasconem "bottle," perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old English flasce, Old High German flaska, Middle Dutch flasce, German Flasche "bottle"), and if so, perhaps originally meaning "a bottle plaited round, case bottle" (cf. Old High German flechtan "to weave," Old English fleohtan "to braid, plait"), from Proto-Germanic base *fleh- (see flax).
Another theory traces it to a metathesis of Latin vasculum. "The assumption that the word is of Teut. origin is chronologically legitimate, and presents no difficulty exc. the absence of any satisfactory etymology" [OED].
- A rounded container with a long neck, used in laboratories.