• The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
    The Jamestown cooper was a busy craftsman. Many barrels, hogsheads, and casks were needed in the colony, and large quantities of barrel staves were made for shipping to England. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cask a cylindrical container that holds liquids
    • n cask the quantity a cask will hold
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cask A barrel-shaped vessel made of staves headings, and hoops, usually fitted together so as to hold liquids. It may be larger or smaller than a barrel.
    • Cask A casket; a small box for jewels.
    • Cask Same as Casque.
    • Cask The quantity contained in a cask.
    • v. t Cask To put into a cask.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cask A close, water-tight vessel formed like a barrel with staves, headings, and hoops, and used for containing liquids or substances which may become liquid: a generic term comprehending the pipe, hogshead, butt, barrel, etc.
    • n cask An irregular measure of capacity. A cask of almonds is 3 hundred weight; a cask of cloves, etc., 300 pounds; a cask of pilchards, 50 gallons. The name is also applied to various foreign measures of capacity, as the Russian bochka, the Polish beczka, etc.
    • n cask In dyeing, an apparatus for steaming and thus fixing the colors of cloths which are printed with a mixture of dyestuffs and mordants. It consists of a hollow cylinder, within which the cloth is suspended, the steam being admitted to the interior of the drum.
    • n cask A helmet. [In this sense now usually spelled casque (which see).]
    • cask To put into a cask.
    • cask To provide with or put on a casque or helmet.
    • n cask A casket; a case or shell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cask kask a hollow round vessel for holding liquor, made of staves bound with hoops: a measure of capacity:
    • n Cask a cover for the head: a helmet.
    • n Cask kask (obs.) a casque,—v.t. to put in a cask.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. casco, potsherd, skull, helmet, prob. fr. cascar, to break, fr. L. Quassure, to break. Cf. Casque Cass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. casque—Sp. casco, skull, helmet, cask.


In literature:

The cask was firm in the sand, and I could not move it.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
They did so; and William rolled up the empty water-cask which Ready had brought with him.
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Two casks: we picked them up as we were standing off the land.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The next spring, I was busy pumping off from one cask into the other, according to our custom, when the aga of the janissaries came in.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
We negroes were employed in getting the casks ashore for water.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
The cask was large enough to hold three or four women besides a child or two.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
The girl followed, removed one of the casks, and disclosed a hole behind it.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
It would sound splendiferous, for there ain't no more in it than an empty cask.
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
His nose told him that the cask at his elbow was beer.
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
The cask was not equal to the emergency.
"Philosopher Jack" by R.M. Ballantyne
Several casks of prime claret were found on board; it would not have done much harm by itself, but there were some casks of brandy also.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
He did not speak or move when Rosco entered and sat down on the head of a cask near him.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
In this room, in chairs of various luxurious styles, sat Mr. Caske and his two friends.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
When the bag was empty, and the cask was full, a lid slid on to the cask by itself.
"More Tales in the Land of Nursery Rhyme" by Ada M. Marzials
The follies of later life are mildew in the cask.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Soldiers and sailors were penetrating even into the spirit-room, broaching casks, staving others, and drinking till they fell exhausted.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
One of the yawls was on shore at the time, and the long boat was landing near her with an empty cask.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
Here I recognized a large chest, a rum cask, and the grass hammock of my agent.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
When a cask or other structure containing air is tapped upon, or percussed, a hollow sound is given forth.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Notwithstanding this, the crew again landed for the purpose of filling their water-casks and washing their clothes.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

In poetry:

He helped the sailors at their work,
And toiled with jovial din;
He helped them hoist and reef the sails,
He helped them stow the casks and bales,
And heave the anchor in.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - I. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Take pearls from toads, with venom fill'd —
Take gold from hands, that are not clean —
Take wine from casks, with dust defil'd —
Take knowledge e'en from lips obscene.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
There we leave him standing, shouting for all hands,
Whilst all around him every shouter stands;
His eyes are on the cask, which is now lowering fast,
He works hard, he drinks hard, and goes to hell at last!
"Click Go The Shears, Boys" by Anonymous Oceania
Oh, everybody's mighty vexed for poor old Bob . . . But, still,
I often thinks 'tis time that one or two was vexed for Bill.
For Bill's a wicked, lazy swab, a walkin' cask o' beer—
Leastwise Bob always called him so afore his mind went queer.
"Frien' Bill" by John Joy Bell
"You must take from out your cellar cask of wine and flask and can;
The homely mead I brew you may serve a peasant man."
"Most willingly, fair Elsie, I'll drink that mead of thine,
And leave my minstrel's thirsty throat to drain my generous wine."
"King Volmer and Elsie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And they discovered a spirit cask and the contents oozing rapidly,
And the man with the light stooped to examine it immediately;
And in doing so he dropped fhe lamp while in a state of amaze,
And, oh horror! in a minute the forehold was in a blaze.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Scott Joseph Cask and Larder Friday, September 14, 2012 By: Nicole Creston.
Those were allowed to sit, and Saturday night, the casks were tapped as thousands attended the big event.
A La Crosse utility is moving the last of five radioactive waste casks in western Wisconsin.
A portion of Highway 35 in Vernon County is shut down Wednesday as Dairyland Power moves the cask from a fuel storage pool in the reactor building to a storage pad at the Genoa site.
Such is the case with Rémy Martin's new and most exclusive bottling ever, Louis XIII Rare Cask 43,8 Cognac .
Redbreast Master Distiller Kevin Goreman recently made his first visit to the United States to mark the release of Irish Distiller 's Redbreast 12 Cask Strength.
Vom Fass sells oils, vinegars, spirits and wine straight from the cask.
The aged variety was racked for one year in 18 to 20-year-old casks.
Wine Cask's Casual Chic Eats.
One part wine bar, one part Wine Cask compound, Intermezzo is the approachable dining choice compared to its more formal restaurant.
A unique old Irish pot still blend, The Irishman is triple distilled and matured in bourbon casks personally selected by brand founder Bernard Walsh.
Tons of radioactive waste is piling up at US nuclear power plants in water-filled pools, and some experts say dry-cask storage is safer.
The selection of cask-conditioned beers at Brooklyn's glorious Bierkraft.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey quietly matures in casks before it is bottled and shipped around the world.
Beat cabin fever with Fall Fringe, a cask ale festival and early (kiddie) polling.