\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With this idea in mind, Wearstler conceived a collection of polished bowls, lanterns, and vases. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kelly Wearstler Partners with Georg Jensen on a Sculptural New Collection," 28 Mar. 2019 Bring a seasonal theme to candles and vases by constructing wreaths out of oasis floral foam. Country Living, "Make Your Own Seasonal Wreath Video," 21 Sep. 2010 The floral globe will set you back $76, while the vases start at $18. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Drew Barrymore Just Launched Her First Ever Home Line at Walmart, and It's Full of Joy," 28 Mar. 2019 In a similar vein, the Swiss designer Julie Richoz collaborated with Nouvel Studio, an artisanal glassmaker that’s also worked with EWE, on a series of prismatic vases. Diana Budds, Curbed, "4 lessons Mexican designers can teach the world," 19 Oct. 2018 Select a few blooms to trim, then have your kids place them into the bud vases along the length of your tabletop. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "How To Throw A Kid-Friendly Valentine's Day Dinner Party That's Fun And Sophisticated," 4 Feb. 2017 Cabana This newish design and tabletop shop was opened by a friend of mine and features bamboo handled cutlery, glass vases in the shape of colorful fish, blown glass oil holders, and ikat table cloths. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "La DoubleJ Designer JJ Martin Shares Her Guide to Adventuring in Italy," 26 Sep. 2018 Offer to replenish the platter of pigs in a blanket or put flowers in vases. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "I Hate Social Situations—Help!," 19 Mar. 2019 More foliage—occasionally decorated with charming bird ornaments and placed in chic brass vases—brings a fresh feeling to every room. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 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 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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