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VAT, noun

1. A large vessel or cistern for holding liquors in an immature state; as vats for wine.

Let him produce his vats and tubs, in opposition to heaps of arms and standards.

2. A square box or cistern in which hides are laid for steeping in tan.

3. An oil measure in Holland; also, a wine measure.

4. A square hollow place on the back of a calcining furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.