\ ˈvas How to pronounce vas (audio) \
plural vasa\ ˈvā-​zə How to pronounce vasa (audio) \

Definition of vas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an anatomical vessel : duct
variants: or vaso-

Definition of vas- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : vessel: such as
a : blood vessel vasomotor
b : vas deferens vasectomy
2 : vascular and vasovagal
3 : vasomotor vasoactive

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Other Words from vas


vasal \ -​zəl How to pronounce vasal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vas in a Sentence

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Shapes of vases appear in a number of Case’s paintings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A the Lux Art Institute, Carolyn Case seeing what sticks," 9 July 2019 Head past a wall of handmade ceramic vases and men’s fragrances to a small back room to find shelves of fashion mags and vintage books for sale. Chris Lamorte,, "Where’s all the stuff? Step inside Notre, the West Loop shop that’s reinventing how you shop for menswear," 1 July 2019 Against a backdrop of super-sized Ming-esque vases, women in black lace dresses take our names and numbers. Globe Staff,, "Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to," 25 June 2019 What to buy At her namesake studio and shop, ceramic artist Sanna Wijk creates a mix of pastel and monochromatic kitchenware, dishes, flower pots, and vases. National Geographic, "Discover a Swedish seaside town that’s obsessed with oysters," 29 Apr. 2019 Table centerpieces were made up of unique vintage vases that Corey and Ashlee had bought and stored over the course of a year. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Couple Married at Their Fantasy Location: A 70-Acre Farm in Minnesota," 16 Nov. 2018 The woman burst into the home and began destroying plates, vases and cutlery, said owner Steven Lofton., "Police suspect no foul play in woman’s 16-story plunge down Portland garbage chute," 21 June 2019 In fact, Henry Ford bought his wife, Clara, a 1914 Detroit Electric outfitted with tufted velour, crystal vases, and a glass windshield and windows at a time when Model Ts were open to the elements. Dan Albert, Vox, "Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.," 21 June 2019 Real or not, the roses in the vases on her coffee table seem to fill the room., "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of vas


1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vas


borrowed from New Latin vās, vāsus, going back to Latin, "container, vessel," going back to Italic *wāss- of obscure origin

Combining form

New Latin, from Latin vas

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\ ˈvas How to pronounce vas (audio) \
plural vasa\ ˈvā-​zə How to pronounce vasa (audio) \

Medical Definition of vas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an anatomical vessel : duct

Medical Definition of VAS (Entry 2 of 2)

visual analog scale

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