\ ˈvas \
plural vasa\ˈvā-zə \

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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vasal \-zəl \ adjective

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UC Berkeley and Siemens researchers have launched something called Dex-Net as a Service, a beta program that computes how and where a robot should grip objects like vases and turbine housings. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robots Can't Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help," 13 July 2018 Decanters or candle hurricanes can double as vases, and pomegranates can function as extra festive touches and party favors. Danielle Blundell, ELLE Decor, "How To Give Holiday Traditions a Modern Twist," 6 Dec. 2017 Some of the balconies even had amphorae — the conical-shaped terra cotta vases that were used to hold wine and oil in ancient Roman times. Fox News, "Archaeologists find street of balconies in Italy's Pompeii," 17 May 2018 ACV Studio vases and LaTavola and Hensley linens elevated the tabletop, while string lights and a Paul Simon soundtrack set the mood. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 Amethyst vases, decanters, and two hefty hurricanes from William Yeoward Crystal set up a striking color scheme and complement a garland made of two kinds of arborvitae. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Purple Holiday Mantel," 10 Dec. 2013 Asian tiger mosquitoes breed most commonly in plastic garden containers, buckets, cans and flower vases. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "Mosquitoes are at three times their normal number in Maryland this summer," 5 July 2018 Asian tiger mosquitoes breed most commonly in plastic garden containers, buckets, cans and flower vases. Scott Dance,, "Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer.," 5 July 2018 In Parker's coffee tables, for example, glass surfaces sit atop terracotta vases so that their forms can truly shine through. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "16 of the Most Innovative Furniture Designers Who Manufacture in the U.S.," 4 July 2018

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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 \
plural vasa\ˈvā-zə \

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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