- The definition of a vessel is a large ship or boat. It also refers to a container, especially one that is used to hold liquids.
- An example of a vessel is a cruise ship.
- An example of a vessel is a pot of water.
A cruise ship is a type of vessel.
- a utensil for holding something, as a vase, bowl, pot, kettle, etc.
- Bible a person thought of as being the receiver or repository of some spirit or influence: a vessel of wrath
- any relatively large watercraft
- Anat., Zool. a tube or duct containing or circulating a body fluid: a blood vessel
- Bot. a continuous, water-conducting tube in the xylem, composed of a row of nonliving cells whose end walls have disappeared
Origin of vesselMiddle English ; from Old French vaissel ; from Late Latin vascellum, diminutive of Classical Latin vas, vessel
- A hollow utensil, such as a cup, vase, or pitcher, used as a container, especially for liquids.
- a. Nautical A craft, especially one larger than a rowboat, designed to navigate on water.b. An airship.
- Anatomy A duct, canal, or other tube that contains or conveys a body fluid: a blood vessel.
- Botany One of the tubular water-conducting structures of xylem, consisting of a series of vessel elements attached end to end and connected by perforations. Vessels are found in nearly all flowering plants.
- A person seen as the agent or embodiment, as of a quality: a vessel of mercy.
Origin of vesselMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin vāscellum, diminutive of Latin vāsculum, diminutive of vās, vessel.
- (nautical) Any craft designed for transportation on water, such as a ship or boat.
- A container of liquid, such as a glass, goblet, cup, bottle, bowl, or pitcher.
- A person as a container of qualities or feelings.
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present vessels, present participle vesselling, simple past and past participle vesselled)
- (obsolete) To put into a vessel.
From Old French vaissel (compare modern French vaisseau), from Latin vÄscellum, diminutive of vÄsculum, diminutive of vÄs (“vessel").