\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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Here the focus is on people and simple still lives — portrait busts, casual arrangements of cut flowers in unpretentious glass vases and plain table tops with one or a few pieces of fruit. Christopher Knight,, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 One of his only buyers was Dr. Barnes, and this show includes 10 of Jean Renoir’s unremarkable vases and bowls, painted with a Cézannesque palette of greens, yellows and blues. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Dad Left a Big Impression: The Renoir Family Inheritance," 30 May 2018 The factory is a unit of Tiffany’s global supply chain that typically turns out more traditional hollowware like silver bowls, vases and the trophies for the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the World Series. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Secret Inside Tiffany’s Blue Box: Reed Krakoff," 26 Mar. 2018 Polseno is as much illustrator as potter, decorating her porcelain bowls and vases with delicate images of birds and flower blossoms. Edith Newhall,, "In Philly galleries now: Pottery from a Blue Ridge Mountain pair, Tyler's Bill Beckley, more," 22 Mar. 2018 From picture to picture, different flowers, vases, textiles and pieces of furniture change partners and positions in the quiet interior. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Three Artists, Three Arcs, One Gallery," 31 May 2018 Shop t-shirts, totes, vases, and decorative bowls treated with artful brushstrokes—swipes of pale yellow, azure, and coral that resemble a painter’s color-tests. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Crosby Studios Opens an Ultra-Cool, Ultraviolet Pop-Up at Opening Ceremony," 10 May 2018 Works available for sale include bowls, vases, ornaments, marbles, paperweights, platters, sun catchers, jewelry and seasonal decor. Marc Bona,, "Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. tasting room ready to open," 1 Mar. 2018 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

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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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