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.noun
- An example of a vessel is a cruise ship.
- An example of a vessel is a pot of water.
- 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: ME < OFr vaissel < LL vascellum, dim. of L vas, vessel
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- 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 conductive structures of xylem, consisting of dead cylindrical cells that are attached end to end and connected by perforations. They are found in nearly all flowering plants.
- A person seen as the agent or embodiment, as of a quality: a vessel of mercy.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin vāscellum, diminutive of Latin vāsculum, diminutive of vās, vessel.
vessel - Medical Definition
vessel - Science Definition
- 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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