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Meaning of vessel by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old French vaissel, from Latin vāscellum, diminutive of vāsculum, diminutive of vās ( “vessel” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈvɛs.əl/, X-SAMPA: /"vEs.@l/
    • Rhymes: -ɛsəl


    vessel ( plural: vessels )

    1. ( nautical ) A general term for all kinds of craft designed for transportation on water, such as ships or boats.
    2. A container of liquid, such as a glass, goblet, cup, bottle, bowl, or pitcher
    3. A person as a container of qualities or feelings.
    4. ( biology ) A tube or canal that carries fluid in an animal or plant .
      blood or lymph vessels in humans, xylem or phloem vessels in plants


    • See also Wikisaurus:vessel


    vessel ( third-person singular simple present vessels present participle vesselling, simple past and past participle vesselled )

    1. ( obsolete, transitive ) To put into a vessel .
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    See also

    • “vessel” in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition .


Explanation of vessel by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a craft designed for water transportation

    2. an object used as a container ( especially for liquids )

    3. a tube in which a body fluid circulates

    Definition of vessel by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Vessel, n. [OF. vessel, veissel, vaissel, vaissiel, F. vaisseau, fr. L. vascellum, dim. of vasculum, dim. of vas a vessel. Cf. Vascular, Vase.]
      1. A hollow or concave utensil for holding anything; a hollow receptacle of any kind, as a hogshead, a barrel, a firkin, a bottle, a kettle, a cup, a bowl, etc.

      [They drank] out of these noble vessels. Chaucer.

      2. A general name for any hollow structure made to float upon the water for purposes of navigation; especially, one that is larger than a common rowboat; as, “a war vessel; a passenger vessel.”

      [He] began to build a vessel of huge bulk. Milton.

      3. Fig.: A person regarded as receiving or containing something; esp. ( Script. ), one into whom something is conceived as poured, or in whom something is stored for use; as, “vessels of wrath or mercy”.

      He is a chosen vessel unto me. Acts ix. 15.

      [The serpent] fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in whom

      To enter. Milton.

      4. ( Anat. ) Any tube or canal in which the blood or other fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as the arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc.

      5. ( Bot. ) A continuous tube formed from superposed large cylindrical or prismatic cells ( tracheae ), which have lost their intervening partitions, and are usually marked with dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition of secondary membranes; a duct.

      Acoustic vessels. See under Acoustic. -- Weaker vessel, a woman; -- now applied humorously. “Giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel.” 1 Peter iii. 7. “You are the weaker vessel.” Shak.

    2. Vessel, v. t. To put into a vessel. [Obs.] Bacon.