Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small container, usually with a closure, used especially for liquids.
  • transitive v. To put or keep in or as if in a vial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A glass vessel or bottle, especially a small bottle used to store medicine or perfume.
  • v. To put or keep in, or as in, a vial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bottle, usually of glass; a little glass vessel with a narrow aperture intended to be closed with a stopper.
  • transitive v. To put in a vial or vials.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel or bottle; especially, a small glass bottle used for holding liquids, and particularly liquid medicines. Also phial.
  • To put or keep in a vial, or as in a vial.
  • To store up for punishment or vengeance: with reference to Rev. xvi. 1.
  • Also phial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)

Etymologies

Middle English viole, variant of fiol; see phial.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English viole, fiole, Old French fiole. From Ancient Greek word φιάλη (phialē, "a broad flat container"). See also phial. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Contrast Re 7: 3; Eze 9: 4, 6. grievous -- distressing to the sufferers. sore upon the men -- antitype to the sixth Egyptian plague. which had the mark of the beast -- Therefore this first vial is subsequent to the period of the beast's rule.

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  • Oh, and something else I meant to say: when I was listening to “The Chaser” a couple of weeks ago I was on my bicycle, and JUST as you got to the bit where the old man called the vial of liquid ‘Life Cleaner’ I went past a shop with a sign saying, ‘Life Cleaner.’

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  • For trapped in the vial was the preserved ghost of Thomas Alva Edison, and there is no telling what power the possession of that ghost could confer.

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  • And as long as you keep using the same syringe, or even a new syringe going back into that vial, which is now a tainted well, you could possibly give people.

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  • Vivian Edomobi, a graduate student, died of hyperglycemia at age 23 in 1987 from a spurious drug -- the vial was a worthless fake.

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  • You go to grab a 10 unit vial, which is what these babies were supposed to get, and you grab a 10,000 unit vial, and that's why Cedars-Sinai is saying this was preventable.

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  • But inside the vial was a shriveled-looking thing I thought resembled a pickled plum, though it was brownish rather than purple.

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  • Underneath the vial was a slip of paper, on which was written, --

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  • A vision of the little blue-glass, yellow-labelled vial that held the swift dismissing pang, floated before him.

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  • Near it was an old spinnet, upon which stood a labelled vial, a tea-cup, and

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