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
These vascular sinuses are connected to a network of vessels that extend into the fin, between the bones that make up the fins’ rays.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures.
Congenital heart disease (CHD), the most common type of birth defect, occurs when the heart or blood vessels entering or leaving the heart don't develop normally.
Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard has interdicted 1,028 Haitian migrants attempting to illegally migrate to the United States aboard rickety vessels, compared to 1,872 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2016.
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.)
This would have housed branches of the large trigeminal nerve – which is responsible for sensation in the face – and associated blood vessels.
Making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel.
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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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