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[vat] /væt/
a large container, as a tub or tank, used for storing or holding liquids:
a wine vat.
  1. a preparation containing an insoluble dye converted by reduction into a soluble leuco base.
  2. a vessel containing such a preparation.
verb (used with object), vatted, vatting.
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
Related forms
unvatted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vats
  • Smartphone users will even be able to scan bar codes on the sides of individual vats to follow their progress.
  • Even in the event of a catastrophic power failure, the vats will stay cold for five weeks on their own.
  • The distilled variety is made from industrial vats of pure ethanol.
  • New protein-based pharmaceuticals are often made by stewing cells in big vats.
  • We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
  • My job was to first load hundreds of pounds of raw cowhides into giant vats, where they would be rinsed in acid and dye.
  • Great vats of it that churn their sodden contents slowly around.
  • To provide all that, fast-food outlets and their workers have had to contend with open vats of boiling grease that.
  • It is made from apples that are pressed into juice and then placed outdoors in large vats in freezing temperatures.
  • The winning partner will forgo the lab's shaker flasks and hot plates in favor of giant vats.
British Dictionary definitions for vats


a large container for holding or storing liquids
(chem) a preparation of reduced vat dye
verb vats, vatting, vatted
(transitive) to place, store, or treat in a vat
Word Origin
Old English fæt; related to Old Frisian fet, Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old High German faz


/sometimes væt/
abbreviation (in Britain)
value-added tax: a tax levied on the difference between the cost of materials and the selling price of a commodity or service
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Word Origin and History for vats



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).

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Related Abbreviations for vats


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value-added tax
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