\ 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

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Far from being rare alternatives to the lone microbe swimming in a flask or sprawled in a Petri dish, 99.9 percent of the simple cells called prokaryotes default to living in close quarters among millions of their compatriots. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, "Building Codes for Bacterial Cities," 25 July 2017 And more importantly, the only people who actually drink out of flasks are teens at high school football games and perverts. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "15 Groomsmen Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Appreciate," 31 May 2018 There was the gilded gold clutch, a pair of hot pink pumps, and a mini-flask chain necklace to bring the entire look together. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Finds the Perfect Travel Accessory," 27 Mar. 2019 At first, the piece looks boxy enough to resemble a flask, not a face. Vogue, "Lil Uzi Vert Proves (Yet Again) That He’s the Ultimate Marilyn Manson Fan," 29 Mar. 2019 The gift shop here breaks the mold with spy gadgets—a mug shaped like a briefcase, a car key that's also a mini camera, or a stealth flask for your smartphone. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 My husband looked amazing and made me a flask of old fashioned. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Pink Earns 'Major Mom Points' by Introducing Daughter Willow to 'Her Idol' Rihanna at Grammys," 29 Jan. 2018 The BeFree models look like typical soft-flask water bottles, crafted out of tough, flexible plastic with quick-sip tops. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Katadyn Launches Gravity BeFree Water Filter," 5 June 2018 Jack’s grandfather, who is very much a drunk, grumbles into the waiting room and offers Jack’s dad a swig of his flask. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 4 Finally Introduces Jack's Brother Nicky," 17 Oct. 2018

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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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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


\ ˈflask How to pronounce flask (audio) \

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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