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[kask, kahsk] /kæsk, kɑsk/
a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.
the quantity such a container holds:
wine at 32 guineas a cask.
verb (used with object)
to place or store in a cask.
Origin of cask
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; back formation from casket, the -et being taken as the diminutive suffix
Related forms
casklike, adjective
uncask, verb (used with object)
uncasked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cask
  • The cask body is square, with rounded corners and a transition to a round outer shell for the neutron shield.
  • Some even offer an impromptu tour or a taste of wines straight from the cask.
  • The fuel is put inside and dried, and the cask is filled with an inert gas to prevent rust.
  • Turning the crank pulls the cable, which lifts the trough, sending a flow of creek water into a large wooden cask.
  • Each drum, known as a dry cask, houses especially unwanted cargo: spent nuclear fuel.
  • Routine cask decontamination and maintenance tasks are performed in the cask preparation area at the repository.
  • The cask lid is also equipped with removable lid-lifting attachments.
  • The cask rests on a steel pallet and is held down to the pallet by means of a steel frame placed on the top impact limiter.
  • cask ales undergo part of their fermentation process in their containers, called casks.
British Dictionary definitions for cask


a strong wooden barrel used mainly to hold alcoholic drink: a wine cask
any barrel
the quantity contained in a cask
(Austral) a lightweight cardboard container with plastic lining and a small tap, used to hold and serve wine
(engineering) another name for flask (sense 6)
Word Origin
C15: from Spanish casco helmet, perhaps from cascar to break
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Word Origin and History for cask

mid-15c., from Middle French casque "cask; helmet," from Spanish casco "skull, cask, helmet," originally "potsherd," from cascar "to break up," from Vulgar Latin *quassicare, frequentative of Latin quassare "to shake, shatter" (see quash). The sense evolution is unclear.

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