VASE, n. [L. vas, vasa, a vessel.]

1. A vessel for domestic use, or for use in temples; as a vase for sacrifice, an urn, &c.

2. An ancient vessel dug out of the ground or from rubbish, and kept as a curiosity.

3. In architecture, an ornament of sculpture, placed on socles or pedestals, representing the vessels of the ancients, as incensepots, flower-pots, &c. They usually crown or finish facades or frontispieces.

4. The body of the Corinthian and Composite capital; called also the tambor or drum.

5. Among florists, the calyx of a plant, as of a tulip.

6. Among goldsmiths, the middle of a church candlestick.

7. A solid piece of ornamental marble.