Definition of vessel
1a : a container (such as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding somethingb : a person into whom some quality (such as grace) is infused a child of light, a true vessel of the Lord — H. J. Laski
2 : a watercraft bigger than a rowboat; especially : ship 1
3a : a tube or canal (such as an artery) in which a body fluid is contained and conveyed or circulatedb : a conducting tube in the xylem of a vascular plant formed by the fusion and loss of end walls of a series of cells
Examples of vessel in a Sentence
a new ocean liner that claims to be the largest commercial vessel afloat
any vessel that is buoyant and steerable can be entered in the annual race down the river
Recent Examples of vessel from the Web
Masashi Goto, a former Toshiba engineer who specialized in nuclear containment vessels, said Nishida was overly confident, as his background was not in the industry.
The plane coordinated a rescue effort, dropping a life raft into the sea and summoning a nearby fishing vessel.
Cleburne County Coroner Tracey Lambert said Smith's vessel flipped over when Smith tried to grab a tree limb to slow down the kayak.
The vessel will leave next week to conduct extended research in the California Current.
But the Navy supports the ship, which would help Trump reach his pledge for a 350-ship Navy, up from today’s fleet of 275 vessels that can be deployed.
Our bodies have a few mechanisms for shedding the excess heat; the blood vessels in our skin dilate, which helps heat escape through the skin, and our hands and feet get warmer, which helps move heat away from the core.
The condition arises when someone’s blood vessels become damaged and blood no longer flows well to the brain.
This vessel will weigh in at 13,280 tons, making easily the largest civilian research submersible ever built, and will be 442 feet long.
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Origin and Etymology of vessel
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin vascellum, diminutive of Latin vas vase, vessel
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
VESSEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vessel for English Language Learners
: a ship or large boat
: a vein or artery that carries blood through the body
: a hollow container for holding liquids
VESSEL Defined for Kids
Definition of vessel for Students
1 : a craft larger than a rowboat for navigation of the water
2 : a hollow utensil (as a cup or bowl) for holding something
3 : a tube (as an artery) in which a body fluid is contained and carried or circulated
Medical Definition of vessel
: a tube or canal (as an artery, vein, or lymphatic) in which a body fluid (as blood or lymph) is contained and conveyed or circulated
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