Main meanings of vat in English

: vat1VAT2


Pronunciation /vat/

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  • 1A large tank or tub used to hold liquid, especially in industry.

    ‘ a vat of hot tar’
    • ‘Because of a faulty rail, he fell into a vat of boiling liquid and died three weeks later from his burns.’
    • ‘Called Raspberry Tart Ale, it introduces Oregon raspberries to the brew which is then fermented spontaneously in large oak vats, giving this liquid dessert incredible color and bouquet.’
    • ‘A man who was so sure he would die after falling into a vat of caustic soda that he drew up his will is now recovering at home with his wife’
    • ‘A furniture stripper who fell into a vat of caustic soda has regained consciousness with his sight intact.’
    • ‘Specifically, the milk flows into one of nine automated cheese vats, each producing a vat of cheese every 20 minutes.’
    • ‘Shakespeare's Falstaff admitted that he sold his soul for Madeira wine, and so fond of it was the Duke of Clarence that, faced with execution, he chose to be drowned instead in a vat of Malmsey - the sweetest of all Mardeiras.’
    • ‘I tucked into a vat of some of the best seafood chowder I've had for a long while, complete with huge chunks of fish.’
    • ‘In the small town of Seligman, we had a prodigious breakfast at Lilo's Cafe: eggs over-easy, hash-browns, sausage and bacon and a vat of coffee.’
    • ‘The mud bubbled and boiled like a vat of steaming oil.’
    • ‘The remake of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was thrown into chaos on Wednesday when a worker dropped a $540,000 camera lens in a vat of chocolate.’
    • ‘He said that in over a century of holding Guinness, the vats had taken on an unmatchable colouring.’
    • ‘In both wine- and beer-making, initial fermentation occurs in large vats, allowing the carbon dioxide to bubble off.’
    • ‘The clothes he wore for the video for their first single cost £2,000, yet look for all the world like someone just dipped him in vats of various coloured dyes (not an opinion he shared).’
    • ‘As part of his job fitting engines in ships he used to have to mix asbestos in big vats.’
    • ‘The little factory diversified into selling soda crystals to local dairy factories - the crystals were used to sterilise vats.’
    tub, tank, cistern, bin, drum, canister, basin, steeper, boiler
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  • 2

    (also vat dye)
    A water-insoluble dye, such as indigo, that is applied to a fabric in a reducing bath which converts it to a soluble form, the colour being obtained on subsequent oxidation in the fabric fibres.

    ‘But she said people like the natural vat dyes better, such as indigofera, morinda fruit and root, cashew leaf and teak.’
    • ‘Other indirect dyes, including vat dyes and sulfur dyes, are insoluble in water.’

verbverb vats, verb vatting, verb vatted

[with object]
  • Place or treat in a vat.

    ‘the grapes are vatted for between 15 and 21 days and then aged in small barrels’
    • ‘To mark its 175th anniversary, Talisker is issuing a limited edition, specially vatted malt from a few carefully selected casks.’
    • ‘The factory held three or four bonded warehouses, administrative offices, a bottling plant, a small cooperage, and an enormous vatting and blending operation.’
    • ‘The last own label whisky I tasted from Asda was awful, but this vatted Islay (a mixture from several distilleries, though they're not saying which) is faultless in quality and price. -’
    • ‘The group tried to change the formula for its Cardhu brand last year from a single malt (the product of one distillery) to a vatted malt (the product of a number of distilleries), while retaining the same name.’
    • ‘The Gaelic brands are the blended whisky Te Bheag, the lighter blend Mac Na Mara, and the eight-year-old vatted malt Poit Dhubh.’
    • ‘The SWA is worried producers may have to reveal secrets about each individual spirit that goes into blended whiskies and vatted malts.’
    • ‘On the face of it, Diageo's decision to change its Cardhu single malt into a vatted or pure malt seems no big deal.’


Middle English southern and western dialect variant of obsolete fat ‘container’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vat and German Fass.

Main meanings of VAT in English

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  • Value added tax.



/viːeɪˈtiː/ /vat/