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vat

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noun \ˈvat\

Definition of vat

  1. 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. 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

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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”

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vat

verb

Definition of vat

vatted

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vatting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put into or treat in a vat

First Known Use of vat

1784


VAT

abbreviation

Definition of VAT

  1. value-added tax


VAT Defined for English Language Learners

vat

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noun

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

vat

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noun \ˈvat\

Definition of vat for Students

  1. :  a large container (as a tub) especially for holding liquids in manufacturing processes


Law Dictionary

VAT

noun \ˌvē-ˌā-ˈtē\

Legal Definition of VAT



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