Definition of vat
1 : a large vessel (such as a cistern, tub, or barrel) especially for holding liquors in an immature state or preparations for dyeing or tanning
2 : a liquor containing a dye converted into a soluble reduced colorless or weakly colored form that on textile material steeped in the liquor and exposed to the air is converted by oxidation to the original insoluble dye and precipitated in the fiber
Recent Examples of vat from the Web
There, nestled in the salad bar, among the vats of ranch dressing and bacon bits, was a platter of tomatoes and cucumbers, studded with thick cubes of feta.
Demijohns, or large glass vats, commonly held spirits in transit and for storage.
The vibrant greenery — sticks and stems included — will be macerated and put into steel vats, their essence drained with something like supercritical carbon dioxide.
At Livermore, two technicians working with sulfuric acid in a vat to make high explosives were severely burned and a third was exposed to sulfuric acid mist when the acid accidentally sprayed into the work area, according to government documents.
A saloon-style bar and shiny vats dominate the space, named for L.A. Aque duct masters William Mulholland , Fred Eaton, and Joseph Lippincott.
The day before, a group of men from the church, with Soulas in charge, met to turn 220 pounds of meat and 60 pounds of onion into pastitsio filling in two big vats at Camp Washington Chili.
Just like his dad did 50 years ago, Miller adds sugar, water and a special mix into a huge vat.
Even now, with the U.K. still a member of the EU, reclaiming VAT is difficult, Mr. Wilson said.
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Origin and Etymology of vat
Middle English vet, vat, southern variant of fat, fet, going back to Old English fæt, going back to Germanic *fata- (whence Old Saxon fat “vessel,” Old High German faz); akin to Lithuanian púodas “pot”
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of vat
: to put into or treat in a vat
First Known Use of vat
Definition of VAT
Financial Definition of VAT
What It Is
A value added tax (VAT) is a consumption tax added to a product's sales price. It represents a tax on the "value added" to the product throughout its production process.
How It Works
The VAT system is invoice-based. Each seller in the product chain includes a VAT charge on the buyer's invoice. Under a VAT taxation system, all sellers collect the tax and then pay it to the government. The VAT gives sellers along the supply chain a direct economic motivation to collect the tax, thereby reducing the incidence of tax evasion.
Don't confuse the VAT with sales tax. Under a sales tax, the tax is collected only once at the consumer's point of purchase. The VAT tax, however, is collected every time a business purchases products from other businesses within the product's supply chain.
Why It Matters
The VAT is a highly efficient flat consumption tax that reduces the incidence of non-compliance. More than 100 countries have adopted it -- with rates ranging from 10% - 25%.
Investors who are looking for safer overseas investments should consider whether the prospective country uses a VAT, which indicates a more stable fiscal environment.
VAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vat for English Language Learners
: a large container (such as a tub or barrel) used especially for holding liquids
VAT Defined for Kids
Definition of vat for Students
: a large container (as a tub) especially for holding liquids in manufacturing processes
Legal Definition of VAT
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