[ vat ]
/ væt /


a large container, as a tub or tank, used for storing or holding liquids: a wine vat.
  1. a preparation containing an insoluble dye converted by reduction into a soluble leuco base.
  2. a vessel containing such a preparation.

verb (used with object), vat·ted, vat·ting.

to put into or treat in a vat.

Origin of vat

before 1100; Middle English (south); Old English fæt vessel; cognate with Old Norse fat vessel, German Fass keg

Related forms

un·vat·ted, adjective

Definition for vat (2 of 3)

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/ (væt) /


a large container for holding or storing liquids
chem a preparation of reduced vat dye

verb vats, vatting or vatted

(tr) to place, store, or treat in a vat

Word Origin for vat

Old English fæt; related to Old Frisian fet, Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old High German faz

British Dictionary definitions for vat (2 of 3)


/ (sometimes væt) /

abbreviation for (in Britain)

value-added tax: a tax levied on the difference between the cost of materials and the selling price of a commodity or service

British Dictionary definitions for vat (3 of 3)


abbreviation for

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