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
The kingpin is now just a vessel for tomorrow’s dreams.
Only a smattering of larger combat vessels were ever built, and those mostly as a distraction in the big scheme of things, regardless of the pipe dreams of some old Soviet admirals.)
Making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel.
The vessel returned to Havre de Grace in early 2016 after having been in drydock in Baltimore for hull repairs.
In fact, these ships have given damaged Navy vessels a lift before.
The new vessel allows a joint venture between Namibia and De Beers to explore diamond deposits with greater speed and accuracy up to 140 meters (460 feet) below the sea’s surface.
Coast Guard cutter Confidence launched two small vessels to intercept the boat.
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.
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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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