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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
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As such a man, however, was not of much practical use in the ship, especially as he refused to work except when he pleased, the incredulous captain would fain have been rid of him; but apprised that that individual's intention was to land him in the first convenient port, the archangel forthwith opened all his seals and vials -- devoting the ship and all hands to unconditional perdition, in case this intention was carried out.
We got an old tin lantern, and a butcher-knife with- out any handle, and a bran-new Barlow knife worth two bits in any store, and a lot of tallow candles, and a tin candlestick, and a gourd, and a tin cup, and a ratty old bedquilt off the bed, and a reticule with needles and pins and beeswax and buttons and thread and all such truck in it, and a hatchet and some nails, and a fishline as thick as my little finger with some mon- strous hooks on it, and a roll of buckskin, and a leather dog-collar, and a horseshoe, and some vials of medicine that didn't have no label on them; and just as we was leaving I found a tolerable good curry-comb, and Jim he found a ratty old fiddle-bow, and a wooden leg.
Keep your fingers from that bitter phalanx of vials.
I took these vehicles and soon emptied them all; twenty of them were filled with meat, and ten with liquor; each of the former afforded me two or three good mouthfuls; and I emptied the liquor of ten vessels, which was contained in earthen vials, into one vehicle, drinking it off at a draught; and so I did with the rest.
The boy, patterning his conduct after that of his preceptor, unstoppered the vials of his invective upon the head of the enemy, until in realization of the futility of words as weapons he bethought himself of something heavier to hurl.
And golden vials full of odors which are the prayers of the saints.
He brought me two little vials, put one on the chimney-piece, poured the other into my tumbler, and added a little water.
A sentry raised his piece and fired, and the little leaden pellet unstoppered the vials of hell upon the terror-stricken camp.
To him, Judge Scott was the keystone in the arch of injustice, and upon Judge Scott he emptied the vials of his wrath and hurled the threats of his revenge yet to come.
For my panacea, instead of one of those quack vials of a mixture dipped from Acheron and the Dead Sea, which come out of those long shallow black-schooner looking wagons which we sometimes see made to carry bottles, let me have a draught of undiluted morning air.
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.
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.