cask

[kask, kahsk]
noun
1.
a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.
2.
the quantity such a container holds: wine at 32 guineas a cask.
verb (used with object)
3.
to place or store in a cask.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; back formation from casket, the -et being taken as the diminutive suffix

casklike, adjective
uncask, verb (used with object)
uncasked, adjective
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cask (kɑːsk)
 
n
1.  a strong wooden barrel used mainly to hold alcoholic drink: a wine cask
2.  any barrel
3.  the quantity contained in a cask
4.  (Austral) a lightweight cardboard container with plastic lining and a small tap, used to hold and serve wine
5.  engineering another name for flask
 
[C15: from Spanish casco helmet, perhaps from cascar to break]

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cask
1458, from M.Fr. casque "cask, helmet," from Sp. casco "skull, cask, helmet," orig. "potsherd," from cascar "to break up," from V.L. *quassicare, freq. of L. quassare "to shake, shatter" (see quash). The sense evolution is unclear.
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Example sentences for casks
Casks used for ale or beer have shives, spiles and keystones in their openings.
Cask ales undergo part of their fermentation process in their containers, called casks.
Beer in casks are managed carefully to allow some of the carbonation to escape.
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