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vessel

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noun ves·sel \ˈve-səl\

Simple Definition of vessel

  • : a ship or large boat

  • : a vein or artery that carries blood through the body

  • : a hollow container for holding liquids

Full Definition of vessel

  1. 1 a :  a container (as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding something b :  a person into whom some quality (as grace) is infused <a child of light, a true vessel of the Lord — H. J. Laski>

  2. 2 :  a watercraft bigger than a rowboat; especially :  ship 1

  3. 3 a :  a tube or canal (as an artery) in which a body fluid is contained and conveyed or circulated b :  a conducting tube in the xylem of a vascular plant formed by the fusion and loss of end walls of a series of cells

Examples of vessel

  1. <a new ocean liner that claims to be the largest commercial vessel afloat>

  2. <any vessel that is buoyant and steerable can be entered in the annual race down the river>



Origin of vessel

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin vascellum, diminutive of Latin vas vase, vessel


First Known Use: 14th century

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VESSEL Defined for Kids

vessel

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noun ves·sel \ˈve-səl\

Definition of vessel

  1. 1 :  a craft larger than a rowboat for navigation of the water

  2. 2 :  a hollow utensil (as a cup or bowl) for holding something

  3. 3 :  a tube (as an artery) in which a body fluid is contained and carried or circulated




Medical Dictionary

vessel

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noun ves·sel \ˈves-əl\

Medical Definition of vessel

  1. :  a tube or canal (as an artery, vein, or lymphatic) in which a body fluid (as blood or lymph) is contained and conveyed or circulated





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