\ ˈflask How to pronounce flask (audio) , ˈfläsk \

Definition of flask

: a container often somewhat narrowed toward the outlet and often fitted with a closure: such as
a : a broad flattened necked vessel used especially to carry an alcoholic beverage on the person
b British : thermos

Examples of flask in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also on display is a marble statuette which depicts a schematic version of the female body, possibly 7,000 years old, and a conical flask, used in religious ceremonies in the 13th century BC, adorned with geometric patterns. The Economist, "Small but mighty Greece’s local museums offer a cornucopia of treasures," 30 June 2020 To test for live viruses, researchers must grow them from samples in cell culture flasks or petri dishes. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, "How long does the coronavirus last inside the body?," 3 June 2020 Fishermen from all walks of life nipped at flasks, smoked cigarettes, and filled the quiet woods near the Delaware Water Gap with clouds of profanity. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Fishing the Epic (and Underrated) Shad Run on the Delaware River," 30 Mar. 2020 The initial stage takes place in a laboratory, where the culture is mixed with molasses malt in a flask. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The hot grocery item no one can find? Active dry yeast," 25 Mar. 2020 Some hid booze in flasks and passed around other nefarious items between little grasping hands. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "‘The only corona here is the one I’m drinking’ - Spring break kids mob Alabama beaches despite fears," 19 Mar. 2020 High Camp Firelight 375 Flask ($95) Most flasks have ridiculously narrow openings. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Take Your Hygge Game Up a Notch with This Gear," 1 Feb. 2020 We were required to carry emergency insurance, a pressure bandage, a whistle to call for help and a collapsible cup or flask to use at aid stations. Adam Skolnick, New York Times, "Swimrun, Sweden’s Island-to-Island Race, Comes to America," 11 Mar. 2020 The show features standard-issue drama: bike wheels stomped, crushes unrequited, homework assignments tampered with, flasks smuggled into the school dance. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of flask

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flask

Middle French flasque powder flask, ultimately from Late Latin flascon-, flasco bottle, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German flaska bottle

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The first known use of flask was in 1549

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4 Jul 2020

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“Flask.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flask. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce flask (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of flask

: a container that is shaped like a flattened bottle and that is used to carry alcohol
: a glass bottle used in scientific laboratories


\ ˈflask How to pronounce flask (audio) \

Kids Definition of flask

: a container like a bottle with a flat or rounded body


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Medical Definition of flask

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a container often somewhat narrowed toward the outlet and often fitted with a closure: as
a : any of various usually blown-glass vessels used for technical purposes in a laboratory
b : a metal container in which the materials used to form a dental restoration (as a denture) are processed

Medical Definition of flask (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place (a denture) in a flask for processing

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