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Definition of vat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


vatted; vatting

Definition of vat (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put into or treat in a vat

Definition of VAT (Entry 3 of 3)

value-added tax

Examples of vat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The glands were then placed into a vat of salt water and heated for 10 days. Mark Woolmer, National Geographic, "Purple Reign: A passion for purple built the Phoenicians' vast trading empire," 24 Sep. 2020 A century later, a drone disturbs the vat and Herschel emerges, fully preserved, alive, and sentient (just go with it). cleveland, "Wacky ‘An American Pickle’ pits a deft Seth Rogen against himself (review)," 5 Aug. 2020 The novella centers on Herschel Greenbaum, an immigrant worker at a pickle factory who one day falls into a giant vat and is miraculously preserved in brine. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "The New Yorker’s “Sell Out” Becomes “An American Pickle”," 8 Aug. 2020 An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen as a 1920s Polish immigrant who falls into a vat of pickle brine and emerges from it a century later (encountering his great-grandson... also played by Rogen), debuted on the streamer Thursday. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch this weekend on Netflix, broadcast TV, and more," 7 Aug. 2020 Seth Rogen stars as an immigrant factory worker in the 1920s who accidentally falls into a vat of pickles at his job — and remains there for 100 years perfectly preserved, eventually awakening in present-day Brooklyn. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Thursday: ‘Hitmen’ on Peacock," 6 Aug. 2020 Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, an Eastern European pickle-factory worker who emerges from a vat of brine after being preserved for a century. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'American Pickle' reviews: Critics say Seth Rogen’s scatterbrained comedy leaves 'sour taste'," 4 Aug. 2020 The corn is sent into a big fermentation vat that converts it to ethanol, which will be trucked to a refinery that will blend it with gasoline for sale nationwide. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 Why doesn’t Herschel simply fall into the vat in 1913 and get awakened in 2013? Kate Knibbs, Wired, "An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of vat


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vat

: a large container (such as a tub or barrel) used especially for holding liquids


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Kids Definition of vat

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


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