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Meaning of VESSEL

Pronunciation:  'vesul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a craft designed for water transportation
  2. [n]  an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  3. [n]  a tube in which a body fluid circulates

VESSEL is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: vas, watercraft
 See Also: anchor, autoclave, barrel, base, basin, bath, bathing tub, bathtub, bedpan, bilge, bilge keel, blood vessel, boat, boiler, bone-ash cup, bottle, bow, bowl, brim, bucket, butter churn, cask, censer, churn, container, craft, crucible, cupel, drinking vessel, drum, ewer, eye cup, eyebath, eyecup, fishing boat, fishing smack, fishing vessel, flagon, fore, galley, ground tackle, hull, ice yacht, iceboat, jar, ladle, lip, melting pot, Merrimac, metal drum, Monitor, monstrance, mortar, muller, pail, patrol boat, patrol ship, pitcher, poacher, pot, prow, racing yacht, refractory pot, retort, rim, rudder, sailing ship, sailing vessel, scooter, ship, shrimper, splashboard, steam boiler, steeper, stem, steriliser, sterilizer, storage tank, strake, tank, thurible, tub, tube, tube-shaped structure, urceole, vascular system, vat, wale, washboard, water jacket, weather ship, well, yacht



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ves"sel\, n. [OF. vessel, veissel, vaissel, vaissiel, F.
    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 (trache[ae]), 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. \Ves"sel\, v. t.
    To put into a vessel. [Obs.] --Bacon.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A vessel is a duct or channel that contains fluid; they could be arteries, veins, or lymphatic vessels.