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vial

[vahy-uh l, vahyl]
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noun
  1. Also phial. a small container, as of glass, for holding liquids: a vial of rare perfume; a vial of medicine.
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verb (used with object), vi·aled, vi·al·ing or (especially British) vi·alled, vi·al·ling.
  1. to put into or keep in a vial.
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Idioms
  1. pour out vials of wrath, to wreak vengeance or express anger: In her preface she pours out vials of wrath on her detractors.
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Origin of vial

1300–50; Middle English viole, variant of fiole phial
Can be confusedvial vile viol
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  • And he showed the vial, which he had brought down in his enthusiasm.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • Almost everyone has tried to dissolve some substance in water in a vial.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • It was something formidable and swift, like the sudden smashing of a vial of wrath.

    Typhoon

    Joseph Conrad

  • I ran back and reached the vial, tugged at its huge stopper.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point

    Raymond King Cummings

  • I barely tasted the pellet, and replaced it carefully in the vial.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point

    Raymond King Cummings


British Dictionary definitions for vial

vial

noun
  1. a less common variant of phial
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Word Origin

C14: fiole, from Old French, from Old Provençal fiola, from Latin phiala, from Greek phialē; see phial
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Word Origin and History for vial

n.

c.1300, variant of fyole (see phial).

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