- Also phial. a small container, as of glass, for holding liquids: a vial of rare perfume; a vial of medicine.
verb (used with object), vi·aled, vi·al·ing or (especially British) vi·alled, vi·al·ling.
- to put into or keep in a vial.
- pour out vials of wrath, to wreak vengeance or express anger: In her preface she pours out vials of wrath on her detractors.
- a less common variant of phial
c.1300, variant of fyole (see phial).