verb (used with object)
Origin of vein
Examples from the Web for veins
The Royal Family has benefited hugely from the American blood in its veins.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He opened his eyes and he held my hand with his so-very-frail one, veins showing blue through his skin.
Only she can make hetersoexuality sound like a life-saving elixir that I need to inject directly into my veins.
“The first time I had heroin in my veins, an 18-year-old girl put it there,” Ullom wrote.
Gayness passes across my lips and courses through my veins like a 20-year-old scotch.Rick Perry’s Stupid Comment on Booze and Sex(uality)|Sally Kohn|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is not able to determine the exact line of her descent, but the blood of three races mingles in her veins.Twelve Years a Slave|Solomon Northup
It was as a poison flowing in his veins and giving him an impulse to bite like a mad dog.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.|Guy de Maupassant
The blood of an hundred kings is thrilling all along my veins, and must I be silent?The White Lady of Hazelwood|Emily Sarah Holt
If my father's blood be in his veins, it shall save the skin his mother gave him.St. Ronan's Well|Sir Walter Scott
I know in truth it holds Sweet peace for me—the peace that thirty years My veins have ached for.The Mortal Gods and Other Plays|Olive Tilford Dargan
British Dictionary definitions for veins
Word Origin for vein
Word Origin and History for veins
c.1300, from Old French veine, from Latin vena "a blood vessel," also "a water course, a vein of metal, a person's natural ability or interest," of unknown origin. The mining sense is attested in English from late 14c. (Greek phleps "vein" had the same secondary sense). Figurative sense of "strain or intermixture" (of some quality) is recorded from 1560s; that of "a humor or mood, natural tendency" is first recorded 1570s.