vessel

noun ves·sel \ ˈve-səl \

Definition of vessel

1 a :a container (such as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding something
b :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
3 a :a tube or canal (such as an artery) in which a body fluid is contained and conveyed or circulated
b :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

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Origin and Etymology of vessel

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

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VESSEL Defined for English Language Learners

vessel

noun

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

noun ves·sel \ ˈve-səl \

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 Dictionary

vessel

noun ves·sel \ ˈves-əl \

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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