- 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
Examples from the Web for vessels
Still, the security on the vessels—big or small—is nonexistent.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Every year 14,000 vessels serve 1,7000 ports in 160 countries as they make their way through this Atlantic-to-Pacific pathway.A Man, a Plan, a Canal: Panama Turns 100
August 17, 2014
Taylor has rescued various coral cuttings from damaged reef systems nearby, placing them inside the vessels to promote re-growth.Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures Are a Sight to Sea
April 7, 2014
They say that the Italians were careless with the use of armed guards aboard the vessels.Italian Pirate-Fighting Marines On Trial
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 14, 2014
Seven vessels and 113 hostages remain in captivity off Somalia, according to the IMB.Somalia Offers Amnesty to Junior Pirates to End Hijackings
March 3, 2013
He may perhaps be on the eve of starting away by some of the vessels in the port.Life in London
As to the stone, it glanced off obliquely and fell midway between the vessels.
From the shields, there is not one of these vessels which hath not knight or baron aboard.
There are ten vessels to-day passing in and out to one in 1880.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Meantime the weather had cleared, and all the vessels but one had gone from the inlet.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- 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 and History for vessels
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.