Florence 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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  • Florence flask — Florence Flor ence, n. [From the city of Florence: cf. F. florence a kind of cloth, OF. florin.] 1. An ancient gold coin of the time of Edward III., of six shillings sterling value. Camden. [1913 Webster] 2. A kind of cloth. Johnson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Florence flask — n. a spherical glass flask with a long neck, used in laboratories to heat or mix chemicals …   English World dictionary

  • Florence flask — Infobox Laboratory equipment name = Florence flask |200px caption = Diagrammatic representation of a Florence flask uses = Boiling Distillation related = Round bottom flaskA Florence flask (also known as a boiling flask) is a type of flask used… …   Wikipedia

  • florence flask — noun Usage: usually capitalized 1st F 1. : a round or pear shaped glass flask with a long neck and often a covering of plaited raffia or straw in which olive oil or wine is shipped 2. : a round usually flat bottomed glass laboratory vessel shaped …   Useful english dictionary

  • Florence flask — Betty Bet ty, n. 1. [Supposed to be a cant word, from Betty, for Elizabeth, as such an instrument is also called Bess (i. e., Elizabeth) in the Canting Dictionary of 1725, and Jenny (i. e., Jane).] A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Florence flask — noun A glass flask with a round body used in a laboratory for holding chemical liquids and solutions. Normally with a round bottom for uniform heating, but may have a flattened base to stand on a flat surface without support. Syn: boiling flask …   Wiktionary

  • Florence flask — See under flask. * * * Flor·ence flask .flȯr ən(t)s , .flär n a round usu. flat bottomed laboratory vessel with a long neck …   Medical dictionary

  • Florence flask — /ˈflɒrəns ˌflask/ (say floruhns .flahsk) noun a flat bottomed, round flask with a long neck; used in laboratory experiments …   Australian English dictionary

  • Florence flask — Flor′ence flask n. chem. cer a round bottle having a flat bottom and long neck, for use in laboratories • Etymology: 1735–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • Florence flask — noun Etymology: Florence, Italy; from the use of flasks of this shape for certain Italian wines Date: 1744 a round usually flat bottomed laboratory vessel with a long neck …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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