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Meaning of VAT

Pronunciation:  vat

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids
  2. [n]  a tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production

VAT is a 3 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: ad valorem tax, tub, value-added tax
 See Also: excise, excise tax, vessel, washtub



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vat\, n. [A dialectic form for fat, OE. fat, AS. f[ae]t;
    akin to D. vat, OS. fat, G. fass, OHG. faz, Icel. & Sw. fat,
    Dan. fad, Lith. p?das a pot, and probably to G. fassen to
    seize, to contain, OHG. fazz?n, D. vatten. Cf. {Fat} a vat.]
    1. A large vessel, cistern, or tub, especially one used for
       holding in an immature state, chemical preparations for
       dyeing, or for tanning, or for tanning leather, or the
             Let him produce his vase and tubs, in opposition to
             heaps of arms and standards.          --Addison.
    2. A measure for liquids, and also a dry measure; especially,
       a liquid measure in Belgium and Holland, corresponding to
       the hectoliter of the metric system, which contains 22.01
       imperial gallons, or 26.4 standard gallons in the United
    Note: 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.
    3. (Metal.)
       (a) A wooden tub for washing ores and mineral substances
       (b) A square, hollow place on the back of a calcining
           furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.
    4. (R. C. Ch.) A vessel for holding holy water.
  2. \Vat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vatted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To put or transfer into a vat.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a vat in your dream indicates sorrow, grief, and unfaithfulness.