Pronunciation Noun

vat (plural vats)

  1. A large tub, such as is used for making wine or for tanning.
  2. A square, hollow place on the back of a calcining furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.
  3. (Roman Catholic) A vessel for holding holy water.
  4. (dated) A liquid measure and dry measure; especially, a liquid measure in Belgium and Holland, corresponding to the hectolitre of the metric system, which contains 22.01 imperial gallons, or 26.4 standard gallons in the United States. (The old Dutch grain vat averaged 0.762 Winchester bushel. The old London coal vat contained 9 bushels. The solid-measurement vat of Amsterdam contains 40 cubic feet; the wine vat, 241.57 imperial gallons, and the vat for olive oil, 225.45 imperial gallons.)
Translations Verb

vat (vats, present participle vatting; past and past participle vatted)

  1. (transitive) To put into a vat.
  2. (transitive) To blend (wines or spirits) in a vat; figuratively, to mix or blend elements as if with wines or spirits.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Library of America, 1985, p.114:
      He was thinking of the grape arbor in Kingston, of summer twilight and the murmur of voices darkening into silence as he approached, who meant them, her, no harm; who meant her less than harm, good God; darkening into the pale whisper of her white dress, of the delicate and urgent mammalian whisper of that curious small flesh which he had not begot and in which appeared to be vatted delicately some seething sympathy with the blossoming grape.

  • (initialism) enPR: vē"-ā-tē', IPA: /ˌviːeɪˈtiː/
  • (acronym) enPR: văt, IPA: /væt/

vat (uncountable)

  1. (taxation) Initialism of value added tax
  2. Initialism of Vigilance awareness training
Synonyms Translations
  • French: TVA
  • German: MWSt
  • Italian: IVA
  • Portuguese: IVA
  • Russian: НДС
  • Spanish: IVA

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