1A large tank or tub used to hold liquid, especially in industry: a vat of hot tar
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- Because of a faulty rail, he fell into a vat of boiling liquid and died three weeks later from his burns.
- Called Raspberry Tart Ale, it introduces Oregon raspberries to the brew which is then fermented spontaneously in large oak vats, giving this liquid dessert incredible color and bouquet.
- A man who was so sure he would die after falling into a vat of caustic soda that he drew up his will is now recovering at home with his wife
2 (also vat dye) A water-insoluble dye, such as indigo, that is applied to a fabric in a reducing bath, which converts it to a soluble form, the color being obtained on subsequent oxidation in the fabric fibers.
- But she said people like the natural vat dyes better, such as indigofera, morinda fruit and root, cashew leaf and teak.
- Other indirect dyes, including vat dyes and sulfur dyes, are insoluble in water.
verb (vats, vatting, vatted)[with object] Back to top
Place or treat in a vat.
- To mark its 175th anniversary, Talisker is issuing a limited edition, specially vatted malt from a few carefully selected casks.
- The factory held three or four bonded warehouses, administrative offices, a bottling plant, a small cooperage, and an enormous vatting and blending operation.
- The last own label whisky I tasted from Asda was awful, but this vatted Islay (a mixture from several distilleries, though they're not saying which) is faultless in quality and price. -
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