Definition of vessel
- a child of light, a true vessel of the Lord
- —H. J. Laski
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
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
canoe, catamaran, dhow, dinghy, dink, dory, dugout, flatboat, garvey, gig, johnboat, kayak, outrigger, paddleboat, pontoon, pram, punt, raft, rowboat, sampan, scow, scull, shallop, shell, skiff, surfboat, umiak, wherry;
: a ship or large boat
: a vein or artery that carries blood through the body
: a hollow container for holding liquids
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