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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
tub, tank, cistern, bin, drum, canister, basin, steeper, boiler;
vessel, receptacle, container, holder, storage chamber, repository, reservoir;
rare kid, kier, keeve
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 colour being obtained on subsequent oxidation in the fabric fibres.
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  • 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)

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Place or treat in a vat: the grapes are vatted for between 15 and 21 days and then aged in small barrels
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  • 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. -


noun (plural vatfuls)
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  • However, the first vatfuls put to fermentation are showing good quality, probably due to the low yields.
  • Next to films like these most American films are about as stimulating as a vatful of decaf.
  • It is desirable to keep such yeasts which remain active and can be used again for the following vatfuls.


Middle English: southern and western dialect variant of obsolete fat 'container', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vat and German Fass.

Words that rhyme with vat

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Pronunciation: /viːeɪˈtiː/


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