- a large container, as a tub or tank, used for storing or holding liquids: a wine vat.
- a preparation containing an insoluble dye converted by reduction into a soluble leuco base.
- a vessel containing such a preparation.
- to put into or treat in a vat.
Origin of vat
Examples from the Web for vat
When that garbage is diverted into a vat of energy-producing soup, it becomes a penny earned.Will Food Waste Power Your Home?
The Daily Beast
June 16, 2014
He kills his own son in cold blood (or in a vat of hot macadamia butter, to be specific).American Dreams, 1993: The Road to Wellville by T. Coraghessan Boyle
October 30, 2013
Burning a girl alive while her father watches or cooking a severed head into a vat of chili?Why the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Premiere Was Gratuitous and Horrifying and Totally Awesome
September 11, 2013
And, also, there ought to be no other forms of taxation, like a national sales tax or a VAT tax or what have you.Mark Levin's Nutty Constitutional Convention Idea
August 29, 2013
Well, the Prince last year received an annual income from the Duchy of £19m, on which he paid £4.4m in income tax and VAT.MP: Prince Charles Pays Less Tax Than His Servants
July 16, 2013
The washing is done in a vat, kept for that especial purpose.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
Put a board under and over the vat, and place it in the press: in two hours turn it out, and put in a fresh cheesecloth.
Set it near the fire till the curd comes; fill a vat made in the form of a brick, of wheat straw or rushes sewed together.
"Molly's smoking at the gate like a brewer's vat, father," said Pete.The Manxman
The recently-made prisoner was compelled to assist his Colonel from the vat.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
- a large container for holding or storing liquids
- chem a preparation of reduced vat dye
- (tr) to place, store, or treat in a vat
- value-added tax: a tax levied on the difference between the cost of materials and the selling price of a commodity or service
Word Origin and History for vat
early 13c., southern variant (see V) of Old English fæt "container, vat," from Proto-Germanic *fatan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old Frisian fet, Middle Dutch, Dutch vat, Old High German faz, German faß).