Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (n.) A vessel adapted for various domestic purposes, and anciently for sacrificial uses; especially, a vessel of antique or elegant pattern used for ornament; as, a porcelain vase; a gold vase; a Grecian vase. See Illust. of Portland vase, under Portland.
2. (n.) A vessel similar to that described in the first definition above, or the representation of one in a solid block of stone, or the like, used for an ornament, as on a terrace or in a garden.
3. (n.) The body, or naked ground, of the Corinthian and Composite capital; -- called also tambour, and drum.
4. (n.) The calyx of a plant.