vessel [ ves- uh l ] SHOW IPA / ˈvɛs əl / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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. RELATED WORDS capsule
sheathing Nearby words vespiary, vespid, vespine, vespucci, vespucci, amerigo, vessel element, vest, vest-pocket, vest-pocket park, vesta Origin of vessel 1250–1300; Middle English
Anglo-French, Old French vessel, va(i)ssel
Related forms ves·seled; , especially British ves·selled, adjective un·ves·seled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vesseled 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 quality she 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 vesseled 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.
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Medicine definitions for vesseled 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 vesseled 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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