matrass ma*trass", n. [F. matras; perh. so called from its long narrow neck; cf. OF. matras large arrow, L. materis, mataris, matara, a Celtic javelin, pike; of Celtic origin.] (Chem.) A round-bottomed glass flask having a long neck; a bolthead. [1913 Webster]

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  • matrass — [ma′trəs] n. [Fr matras, kind of arrow, blunt borer < Gaul mataris, javelin] a glass container with a rounded body and a long neck, formerly used in distilling, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Matrass — A matrass (mod. Latin matracium) is a glass vessel with a round or oval body and a long narrow neck, used in chemistry as a digester or distiller. The Florence flask of commerce is frequently used for this purpose. The word is possibly identical… …   Wikipedia

  • matrass — Bolthead Bolt head , n. 1. (Chem.) A long, straight necked, glass vessel for chemical distillations; called also a {matrass} or receiver. [1913 Webster] 2. The head of a bolt. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • matrass — /ma treuhs/, n. Chem. a rounded, long necked glass container, formerly used for distilling and dissolving substances. Also, mattrass. [1595 1605; < F matras, perh. < Ar matarah leather bottle < Gk metretés a liquid measure] * * * …   Universalium

  • matrass — A long necked glass vessel used for heating dry substances in chemical manipulations. [Fr. matras] * * * mat·rass (matґrəs) a glass vessel with a long neck used for treating dry substances in chemical procedures …   Medical dictionary

  • matrass — n. chemical flask with a long neck …   English contemporary dictionary

  • matrass — mat·rass …   English syllables

  • matrass — /ˈmætrəs/ (say matruhs) noun a rounded, long necked glass vessel, formerly used for distilling, etc. Also, mattrass. {French matras tall bottle; ? from Middle French matras arrow, or from Arabic matarah leather bottle} …  

  • matrass —   n. long necked round bodied chemical flask; closed glass tube …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • matrass — n. hist. a long necked glass vessel with a round or oval body, used for distilling etc. Etymology: F matras, of uncert. orig …   Useful english dictionary

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