- a craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat; a ship or boat.
- an airship.
- a hollow or concave utensil, as a cup, bowl, pitcher, or vase, used for holding liquids or other contents.
- Anatomy, Zoology. a tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or conveying blood or some other body fluid.
- Botany. a duct formed in the xylem, composed of connected cells that have lost their intervening partitions, that conducts water and mineral nutrients.Compare tracheid.
- a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, especially something nonmaterial: a vessel of grace; a vessel of wrath.
Origin of vessel
Related Words for vesselcraft, barge, boat, liner, tanker, bottom, bucket, can, bark, steamer, tub, utensil, urn, kettle, pitcher, basin, receptacle, pot, bateau
Examples from the Web for vessel
Contemporary Examples of vessel
In CDC-speak, the problem is filed under the vessel sanitation program (VSP).A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned
November 19, 2014
The tests in the study assumed that the ship would displace about 9690-tons; the Zumwalt is a 15,500-ton vessel.Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?
October 22, 2014
Local mechanics pitched in to help mend the craft, but weeks into setting off the repairs wore thin and the vessel sprung a leak.
His vessel, named “Never Give Up,” was damaged during transportation.
Within a matter of hours, the vessel that Mooney had crafted began to sink.
Historical Examples of vessel
If he had been picked up by any vessel I suppose he would have written.
He was already a mile distant from the vessel when Captain Haley came on deck.
Bates touched his hat, for he judged this was the captain of the vessel he had seen.
Made at once for the vessel, and, on reaching her, found all well and glad to see us.Explorations in Australia
The vessel might hold together till morning, but who could tell?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- any object used as a container, esp for a liquid
- a passenger or freight-carrying ship, boat, etc
- an aircraft, esp an airship
- anatomy a tubular structure that transports such body fluids as blood and lymph
- botany a tubular element of xylem tissue consisting of a row of cells in which the connecting cell walls have broken down
- rare a person regarded as an agent or vehicle for some purpose or qualityshe was the vessel of the Lord
Word Origin for vessel
c.1300, "container," from Old French vessel (French vaisseau) from Latin vascellum "small vase or urn," also "a ship," diminutive of vasculum, itself a diminutive of vas "vessel." Sense of "ship, boat" is found in English c.1300. "The association between hollow utensils and boats appears in all languages" [Weekley]. Meaning "canal or duct of the body" (especially for carrying blood) is attested from late 14c.
- A duct, canal, or other tube that contains or conveys a body fluid such as blood or lymph.
- A blood vessel.
- A long, continuous column made of the lignified walls of dead vessel elements, along which water flows in the xylem of angiosperms.