flask

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English flask (cask, keg), from flaske (case), from Anglo-Norman flascon, from Late Latin flascō (bottle), from Frankish *flasko, *flaska (whence also Dutch fles), from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ (braid-covered bottle, wicker-enclosed jug) (whence also Old English flaxe, flasce, German Flasche), from Proto-Indo-European *ploḱ-skō (flat) (whence also Lithuanian plókščias, Czech ploský).

Sense 2 from Italian fiasco and sense 3 from Middle French flasque (powder flask), itself from Old Spanish flasco, frasco, both from Late Latin above.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

flask (plural flasks)

  1. A narrow-necked vessel of metal or glass, used for various purposes; as of sheet metal, to carry gunpowder in; or of wrought iron, to contain quicksilver; or of glass, to heat water in, etc.
  2. A container used to discreetly carry a small amount of a hard alcoholic beverage; a pocket flask.
  3. (sciences) Laboratory glassware used to hold larger volumes than test tubes, normally having a narrow mouth of a standard size which widens to a flat or spherical base.
  4. (engineering) A container for holding a casting mold, especially for sand casting molds.
  5. A bed in a gun carriage.
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Danish[edit]

Verb[edit]

flask

  1. Imperative of flaske.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French flasque (flask). Doublette with (native) fles (bottle), (through French) flacon (flagon) and (through Italian) fiasco (fiasco).

Noun[edit]

flask f (plural flasken, diminutive flaskje n)

  1. flask