Definition of vatman
: a worker who washes, dyes, cooks, or chemically treats products in a vat: such as a : a workman who forms sheets of handmade paper by dipping a mold into a vat of stock b : one who saturates logs and flitches with hot water or steam to soften the fibers prior to veneer cutting —called also wood cooker c : an operator of a dye reel or jig : jigger d : plater 1a(2) e : one who pasteurizes and ripens cream for use in making butter
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