from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, transparent, often tubular laboratory vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a pot, bucket, or basin, in which molten plate glass is carried from the melting pot to the casting table
- n. a cunette
- n. a small vessel with at least two flat and transparent sides, used to hold a liquid sample to be analysed in the light path of a spectrometer
- n. an inner lid of a timepiece
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pot, bucket, or basin, in which molten plate glass is carried from the melting pot to the casting table.
- n. A cunette.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. . In decorative art, a portable basin of ornamental form in pottery or porcelain, etc., especially one of the flat-bottomed vessels commonly sold with an aiguière or water-pot: frequent in faience of the eighteenth century.
- n. . In glass manufacturing, a basin for receiving the melted glass after refining, and decanting it on the table to be rolled into a plate.
- n. . In fortification, a trench dug in the middle of a large dry ditch; a cunette.
- n. In photography, a narrow vessel of glass, porcelain, vulcanite, etc., for holding silver nitrate or other solutions: it is placed vertically or at an angle, and into it the photographic plate is dipped.
French, diminutive of cuve, tub, from Latin cūpa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)