\ 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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Other Words from vas


vasal \ -​zəl \ adjective

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Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Zaha Hadid Design The late architect Zaha Hadid is best known for her swooping, gravity-defying buildings, but her firm has also designed plenty of homewares including coffee tables, vases, chairs, and now rugs. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Zaha Hadid’s famous designs reimagined as 22 brightly colored rugs," 2 Oct. 2018 Props and accessories for flower arrangements are also plentiful, whether vases or all kind of decorative leaves imaginable. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 The project, just launched on Kickstarter, is a small desktop 3D printer that connects to 3D graphics software, allowing people to craft refined objects like vases, light fixtures, and detailed buddha heads. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New 3D printer takes the mess out of ceramics," 11 Dec. 2018 Make all child-safety preparations in advance, such as covering electrical outlets, moving lamps and vases away from table edges, and making provisions to block stairways to prevent hazardous falls. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things to Do Around the House Before the Holidays," 16 Nov. 2018 The glass globes looked like fancy vases topped by a ventilator finial to keep oxygen feeding the flame inside. Jacques Kelly,, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 The black-glass vases are vintage, and the artwork is by Donald Sultan. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 Using over 30 varieties of flowers and plants, Stark and his team paired these arrangements with vases from some of our favorite ceramicists working today. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "7 Dried Flower Arrangements to Inspire Your Fall Decorating," 5 Sep. 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

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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)

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