vessel

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noun ves·sel \ˈve-səl\

Definition of vessel

  1. 1a :  a container (as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding somethingb :  a person into whom some quality (as grace) is infused a child of light, a true vessel of the Lord — H. J. Laski

  2. 2 :  a watercraft bigger than a rowboat; especially :  ship 1

  3. 3a :  a tube or canal (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

  1. a new ocean liner that claims to be the largest commercial vessel afloat

  2. any vessel that is buoyant and steerable can be entered in the annual race down the river

Origin and Etymology of vessel

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin vascellum, diminutive of Latin vas vase, vessel


First Known Use: 14th century

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VESSEL Defined for English Language Learners

vessel

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noun ves·sel \ˈve-səl\

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

vessel

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noun ves·sel \ˈve-səl\

Definition of vessel for Students

  1. 1 :  a craft larger than a rowboat for navigation of the water

  2. 2 :  a hollow utensil (as a cup or bowl) for holding something

  3. 3 :  a tube (as an artery) in which a body fluid is contained and carried or circulated


Medical Dictionary

vessel

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noun ves·sel \ˈves-əl\

Medical Definition of vessel

  1. :  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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