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  1. a large container, as a tub or tank, used for storing or holding liquids: a wine vat.

  2. Chemistry.

    • a preparation containing an insoluble dye converted by reduction into a soluble leuco base.

    • a vessel containing such a preparation.

verb (used with object),vat·ted, vat·ting.
  1. 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

Other words from vat

  • un·vat·ted, adjective

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  1. Vatican. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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/ (væt) /

  1. a large container for holding or storing liquids

  2. chem a preparation of reduced vat dye

verbvats, vatting or vatted
  1. (tr) to place, store, or treat in a vat

Origin of 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)
  1. 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
  1. Vatican

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