Pocket flask
Flask Flask, n. [AS. flasce, flaxe; akin to D. flesch, OHG. flasca, G. flasche, Icel. & Sw. flaska, Dan. flaske, OF. flasche, LL. flasca, flasco; of uncertain origin; cf. L. vasculum, dim. of vas a vessel, Gr. ?, ?, ?. Cf. {Flagon}, {Flasket}.] 1. A small bottle-shaped vessel for holding fluids; as, a flask of oil or wine. [1913 Webster]

2. A narrow-necked vessel of metal or glass, used for various purposes; as of sheet metal, to carry gunpowder in; or of wrought iron, to contain quicksilver; or of glass, to heat water in, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. A bed in a gun carriage. [Obs.] --Bailey. [1913 Webster]

4. (Founding) The wooden or iron frame which holds the sand, etc., forming the mold used in a foundry; it consists of two or more parts; viz., the cope or top; sometimes, the cheeks, or middle part; and the drag, or bottom part. When there are one or more cheeks, the flask is called a three part flask, four part flask, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Erlenmeyer flask}, a thin glass flask, flat-bottomed and cone-shaped to allow of safely shaking its contents laterally without danger of spilling; -- so called from Erlenmeyer, a German chemist who invented it.

{Florence flask}. [From Florence in Italy.] (a) Same as {Betty}, n., 3. (b) A glass flask, round or pear-shaped, with round or flat bottom, and usually very thin to allow of heating solutions.

{Pocket flask}, a kind of pocket dram bottle, often covered with metal or leather to protect it from breaking. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flask — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. bottle, vial, flacon, ampoule. See receptacle. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. bottle, decanter, flagon, demijohn, container, jar, jug, crystal, glass, ewer, cruse, carafe, crock, canteen, leather bottle,… …   English dictionary for students

  • flask — noun /flɑːsk,flæsk/ a) A container used to discreetly carry a small amount of a hard alcoholic beverage; a pocket flask. b) Laboratory glassware used to hold larger volumes than test tubes, normally having a narrow mouth of a …   Wiktionary

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  • flask — [flask, fläsk] n. [ME < ML flasco & OE flasce, both < LL flasco (gen. flasconis) < flasca < Gmc * flasko, bottle, wicker enclosed jug, prob. < base of OHG flechtan, to weave: for IE base see FLAX] 1. any small, bottle shaped… …   English World dictionary

  • flask — [ flæsk ] noun count 1. ) a small flat bottle that fits in your pocket, used especially for carrying alcohol 2. ) a glass container with a wide base and a narrow top used in science laboratories for holding liquids 3. ) BRITISH a THERMOS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flask — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ metal, silver ▪ water ▪ hip (BrE) ▪ conical, culture, glass, round bottom …   Collocations dictionary

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