vessel

[ ves-uh l ]
/ ˈvɛs əl /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. vespiary,
  2. vespid,
  3. vespine,
  4. vespucci,
  5. vespucci, amerigo,
  6. vessel element,
  7. vest,
  8. vest-pocket,
  9. vest-pocket park,
  10. vesta

Origin of vessel

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French vessel, va(i)ssel < Latin vāscellum, equivalent to vās (see vase) + -cellum diminutive suffix

Related formsves·seled; especially British, ves·selled, adjectiveun·ves·seled, adjective

Can be confusedvassal vessel

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British Dictionary definitions for vessel

vessel

/ (ˈvɛsəl) /

noun

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

C13: from Old French vaissel, from Late Latin vascellum urn, from Latin vās vessel

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Word Origin and History for vessel

vessel

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for vessel

vessel

[ vĕsəl ]

n.

A duct, canal, or other tube that contains or conveys a body fluid such as blood or lymph.

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Science definitions for vessel

vessel

[ vĕsəl ]

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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