vein

noun
\ ˈvān How to pronounce vein (audio) \

Definition of vein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : blood vessel especially : any of the tubular branching vessels that carry blood from the capillaries toward the heart
2a : any of the vascular bundles forming the framework of a leaf
b : any of the thickened cuticular ribs that serve to stiffen the wings of an insect
3a : a narrow water channel in rock or earth or in ice
b(1) : lode sense 2
(2) : a bed of useful mineral matter
4 : something suggesting veins (as in reticulation) specifically : a wavy variegation (as in marble)
5a : a distinctive mode of expression : style stories in a romantic vein
b : a distinctive element or quality : strain introduced a welcome vein of humor
c : a line of thought or action
6a : a special aptitude inherited an artistic vein
b : a usually transitory and casually attained mood
c : top form thou troublest me; I am not in the vein— William Shakespeare

vein

verb
veined; veining; veins

Definition of vein (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pattern with or as if with veins

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Other Words from vein

Noun

veinal \ ˈvā-​nᵊl How to pronounce vein (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vein in a Sentence

Noun the author goes on in that sarcastic vein for pages
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the same comfy vein, constricting skinny jeans were M.I.A.—oversized, baggy silhouettes reigned supreme. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2021 This was considered to be a cement embolism, because the piece had broken its origin in the man’s spine, entered his blood circulation through a vein and traveled through the venous system to his heart. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Obviously, the show isn't going to let up on the vein of humor found in the ex-president. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 3 Oct. 2021 The Eagles, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Poco and others mined a similar vein and were more commercially successful. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Sullivant’s milkweed differs from common milkweed, with smooth leaves instead of the common variety’s rough leaves, and a pink vein pressed closely to the stems. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 There is no single method, but in a typical scenario, fluid containing formaldehyde is pumped into the carotid artery, which forces blood and other fluids in the corpse out of a tube in the jugular or femoral vein. Lisa Wells, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 Delicate stone fruit, citrus and honeysuckle, with a beautiful vein of oyster-shell minerality, lead into a vibrant palate layered with pear and melon, white peach and a touch of grapefruit. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2021 That means a wildfire that breaks out in an area that is endemic to valley fever won’t necessarily encounter a vein of Cocci fungi. Zoya Teirstein, Wired, 25 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Companies are offering marble-look tile in unexpected hues like magenta and green, or with veining in gold or copper. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2019 Coming up, says Tien: Parker House rolls veined with scallions and shallots, a riff on Chinese scallion pancakes. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2019 Quartzite comes in an array of colors and veining that ranges from subtle to bold. Jeff Reina, Houston Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2019 Instead, the crust is dense and focaccia-like, its insides veined with olive oil. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 3 Oct. 2019 Against an uncharacteristically gray June Parisian sky, veined with fine clouds like marble, Pierpaolo Piccioli, the 52-year-old creative director of Valentino, crouches contemplatively, brow furrowed, chin resting on fist. Mariano Vivanco; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Aug. 2019 The border region of Lombardy adopted blue-veined cheese over mozzarella, and substituted rice for the ubiquitous Italian pasta. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, 2 Aug. 2019 Kayak through the General Carrera Lake’s Marble Chapels, a network of glacial caves veined with blue striations carved from calcium carbonate by over 6,000 years of water pressure. National Geographic, 5 July 2019 Taking 579 years and at least 78 chief architects to complete, the cathedral is one of the jewels of Europe; a canal network was created just to transport slabs of its pink-veined marble from Lake Maggiore 50 miles away. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of vein

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

1502, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vein

Noun

Middle English veyne, borrowed from Anglo-French veine, going back to Latin vēna "blood vessel, channel," of obscure origin

Verb

verbal derivative of vein entry 1

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The first known use of vein was in the 14th century

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17 Oct 2021

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“Vein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vein. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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vein

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vein

: any one of the tubes that carry blood from parts of the body back to the heart
: any one of the thin lines that can be seen on the surface of a leaf or on the wing of an insect
: a long, narrow opening in rock filled with gold, silver, etc.

vein

noun
\ ˈvān How to pronounce vein (audio) \

Kids Definition of vein

1 : one of the blood vessels that carry the blood back to the heart
2 : a long narrow opening in rock filled with a specific mineral a vein of gold
3 : a streak of different color or texture (as in marble)
4 : a style of expression I continued in a more serious vein.— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted
5 : one of the bundles of fine tubes that make up the framework of a leaf and carry food, water, and nutrients in the plant
6 : one of the slender parts that stiffen and support the wing of an insect

Other Words from vein

veined \ ˈvānd \ adjective

vein

noun
\ ˈvān How to pronounce vein (audio) \

Medical Definition of vein

: any of the tubular branching vessels that carry blood from the capillaries toward the heart and have thinner walls than the arteries and often valves at intervals to prevent reflux of the blood which flows in a steady stream and is in most cases dark-colored due to the presence of reduced hemoglobin

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