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[vahy-uh l, vahyl] /ˈvaɪ əl, vaɪl/
Also, phial. a small container, as of glass, for holding liquids:
a vial of rare perfume; a vial of medicine.
verb (used with object), vialed, vialing or (especially British) vialled, vialling.
to put into or keep in a vial.
pour out vials of wrath, to wreak vengeance or express anger:
In her preface she pours out vials of wrath on her detractors.
Origin of vial
1300-50; Middle English viole, variant of fiole phial
Can be confused
vial, vile, viol. Unabridged
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  • The scientists produced a vial of soy sauce and placed it on the kitchen table.
  • The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle.
  • The investigation began with a vial of blue-green liquid.
  • Billions of infectious particles can be stored in a small vial, much easier to smuggle into a country than a nuclear device.
  • He transfers the sample into a vial, which is lifted by a robotic arm into the gas chromatography tower.
British Dictionary definitions for vial


/ˈvaɪəl; vaɪl/
a less common variant of phial
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

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

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