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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.
1300-50; Middle English viole, variant of fiole phial
Can be confused
vial, vile, viol. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vials
  • Walk down the sidewalk and hear the crack vials and discarded syringes crunch under your feet.
  • Samples are placed inside tiny vials, which slide into these numbered boxes.
  • They supply a collection kit that comes with nine vials pre-loaded with cookie crumbs.
  • Miller was present for a few hours of this ordeal, struggling to find words to identify the vials that he had known so well.
  • The amount in multi-dose vaccine vials is minuscule.
  • It is used to prevent bacterial growth in multi-dose vials.
  • The way they did that was make single use vials, which increased the cost of the vaccine.
  • Keep any pills in a dry place to avoid moisture damage and never freeze the insulin vials.
  • They showed it off at school and handed it out in jars and vials.
  • No, doctors and nurses aren't carrying around vials of disease-causing bugs and cracking them open at bedside.
British Dictionary definitions for vials


/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 vials



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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