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vi·al

 (vī′əl, vīl)
n.
A small container, usually with a closure, used especially for liquids.
tr.v. vi·aled, vi·al·ing, vi·als or vi·alled or vi·al·ling
To put or keep in or as if in a vial.

[Middle English viole, variant of fiol; see phial.]

vial

(ˈvaɪəl; vaɪl)
n
a less common variant of phial
[C14: fiole, from Old French, from Old Provençal fiola, from Latin phiala, from Greek phialē; see phial]

vi•al

(ˈvaɪ əl, vaɪl)

n., v. -aled, -al•ing (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling. n.
1. Also, phial. a small container, as of glass, for holding liquids.
v.t.
2. to put into or keep in a vial.
[1300–50; Middle English viole, variant of fiole phial]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vial - a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)vial - a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
bottle - a glass or plastic vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids; typically cylindrical without handles and with a narrow neck that can be plugged or capped
Translations

vial

[ˈvaɪəl] Nfrasquito m

vial

[ˈvaɪl ˈvaɪəl] nfiole f

vial

nFläschchen nt, → Gefäß nt

vial

[ˈvaɪəl] nfiala

vi·al

n. frasco, ampolleta.

vial

n frasco, vial m
References in classic literature ?
and if, after a three, four, or five years' voyage she is drawing nigh home with anything empty in her --say, an empty vial even --then, her mast-heads are kept manned to the last; and not till her skysail-poles sail in among the spires of the port, does she altogether relinquish the hope of capturing one whale more.
His story was this: He had been originally nurtured among the crazy society of Neskyeuna Shakers, where he had been a great prophet; in their cracked, secret meetings having several times descended from heaven by the way of a trap-door, announcing the speedy opening of the seventh vial, which he carried in his vest-pocket; but, which, instead of containing gunpowder, was supposed to be charged with laudanum.
For in those plains and deserts where they engaged in combat and came out wounded, it was not always that there was some one to cure them, unless indeed they had for a friend some sage magician to succour them at once by fetching through the air upon a cloud some damsel or dwarf with a vial of water of such virtue that by tasting one drop of it they were cured of their hurts and wounds in an instant and left as sound as if they had not received any damage whatever.
Among the former he showed her a small vial, in which, he remarked, was contained a gentle yet most powerful fragrance, capable of impregnating all the breezes that blow across a kingdom.
Twice a year the priests assemble all the people at the Cathedral, and get out this vial of clotted blood and let them see it slowly dissolve and become liquid-- and every day for eight days, this dismal farce is repeated, while the priests go among the crowd and collect money for the exhibition.
For at production of the vial all gaiety suddenly departs from Porthos and he looks the other way, but if I say I have forgotten to have the vial refilled he skips joyfully, yet thinks he still has a right to a chocolate, and when I remarked disparagingly on this to David he looked so shy that there was revealed to me a picture of a certain lady treating him for youthful maladies.
He watched this drop of oil with a fast-beating heart, and feeling in his pocket brought out a tiny vial of crystal, which he held secreted in his hand.
Damoride bows respectfully ) 'Poison is in the vial.
Barbicane calculated the quantity of spirits of wine overflowed into the little vial soldered to the lower part of the instrument, and said:
An empty vial was in his other hand, and the first few stertorous breaths that the poor boy took were the end of him for the time being.
The shadow of his evil gift clung to him yet like the smell of a deadly drug in an old vial of poison, emptied now, useless, ready to be thrown away upon the rubbish-heap of things that had served their time.
It was something formidable and swift, like the sudden smashing of a vial of wrath.