Definition of vein
1 : blood vessel; especially : any of the tubular branching vessels that carry blood from the capillaries toward the heart
2a : any of the vascular bundles forming the framework of a leafb : any of the thickened cuticular ribs that serve to stiffen the wings of an insect
4 : something suggesting veins (as in reticulation); specifically : a wavy variegation (as in marble)
6a : a special aptitude inherited an artistic veinb : a usually transitory and casually attained moodc : top form thou troublest me; I am not in the vein — William Shakespeare
veinalplay \ˈvā-nəl\ adjective
Examples of vein in a Sentence
the author goes on in that sarcastic vein for pages
Recent Examples of vein from the Web
Chrissy is a trend-setter in the vein of Regina George, but without the sociopathic tendencies.
In the same vein, Dr. Nazarian suggests to follow up the cleanse with Aquaphor to prevent the cut from getting infected.
The text pieces have a surreal quality, in the vein of automatic writing or a flow of stream-of-consciousness words.
To coax a delicate vein out of hiding, her right arm is tied off.
Karmazin was inspired to found Ambrosia after seeing studies researchers had done involving sewing mice together with their veins conjoined.
The easiest way to prep a plantain is to chop off each end, make a cut down a vein and peel off with your fingers.
Fix: In that same vein, are people rushing to the Watergate comparison too quickly?
Central lines are inserted into a patient’s vein to deliver nutrients, fluids or medicine.
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Origin and Etymology of vein
Middle English veyne, borrowed from Anglo-French veine, going back to Latin vēna “blood vessel, channel,” of obscure origin
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of vein
: to pattern with or as if with veins
VEIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vein for English Language Learners
: any one of the tubes that carry blood from parts of the body back to the heart
: any one of the thin lines that can be seen on the surface of a leaf or on the wing of an insect
: a long, narrow opening in rock filled with gold, silver, etc.
VEIN Defined for Kids
Definition of vein for Students
1 : one of the blood vessels that carry the blood back to the heart
2 : a long narrow opening in rock filled with a specific mineral a vein of gold
3 : a streak of different color or texture (as in marble)
4 : a style of expression I continued in a more serious vein. — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted
5 : one of the bundles of fine tubes that make up the framework of a leaf and carry food, water, and nutrients in the plant
6 : one of the slender parts that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
Medical Definition of vein
: any of the tubular branching vessels that carry blood from the capillaries toward the heart and have thinner walls than the arteries and often valves at intervals to prevent reflux of the blood which flows in a steady stream and is in most cases dark-colored due to the presence of reduced hemoglobin
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