a craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat; a ship or boat.
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.
- vesseled; especially British, vesselled, adjective
- un·ves·seled, adjective
- vassal, vessel
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How to use vessel in a sentence
The best vessel for taking a salad to go is a mason jar, says Cavuto.
The only gene-edited specimens would be the surrogate sires, which act like vessels in which the elite sperm travel.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed? | Dyllan Furness | August 16, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Then they connected each lung to a large vein in the neck of a live pig, so that its blood flowed through the vessels.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 18) | Singularity Hub Staff | July 18, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The XENON1T detector, located deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy, searched for interactions of dark matter particles within a large vessel filled with liquid xenon, running from 2016 to 2018.An unexpected result from a dark matter experiment may signal new particles | Emily Conover | June 17, 2020 | Science News
Studies have shown that the coronavirus can infect pericytes, cells that wrap around blood vessels and help control flow.The way the coronavirus messes with smell hints at how it affects the brain | Laura Sanders | June 12, 2020 | Science News
In CDC-speak, the problem is filed under the vessel sanitation program (VSP).A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned | Kent Sepkowitz | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It turns out that a rising tide lifts all boats, including the rather leaky vessel carrying Kansas Republicans.Kansas Republicans Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback Lifted by Rising Tide | Ben Jacobs | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Dave Majumdar | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Local mechanics pitched in to help mend the craft, but weeks into setting off the repairs wore thin and the vessel sprung a leak.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother | Justin Jones | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within a matter of hours, the vessel that Mooney had crafted began to sink.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother | Justin Jones | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This vessel, loaded with supplies, went ashore and was lost; and one hundred and twenty Japanese and three Dutchmen were drowned.
The noise of the hammer is always in his ears, and his eye is upon the pattern of the vessel he maketh.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The vessel escaped miraculously, with sails torn by shots from three Dutch vessels, which they took for one of their own.
At one fell swoop on the field of Jena, the famed military monarchy of the great Frederick fell in pieces like a potter's vessel.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The American losses were seven men wounded, none killed, and only slight damage to one vessel.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for vessel
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 quality: she was the vessel of the Lord
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Scientific definitions for vessel
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.
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