noun ves·sel \ˈve-səl\

: 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

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>
:  a watercraft bigger than a rowboat; especially :  ship 1
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

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

Rhymes with VESSEL


noun ves·sel \ˈves-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VESSEL

:  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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