Definition of vessel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvesəl/


1A ship or large boat.
Example sentences
  • The bridge only opens with two keys, at the moment it is high and open, which would allow ships and other nautical vessels to pass beneath us.
  • An intensive search for the vessel's mother ship was mounted but nothing found.
  • It said about 35,409 ships and vessels have returned to ports.
boat, ship, craft, watercraft
literary bark/barque
2A hollow container, especially one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl or cask.
Example sentences
  • Once you decide on the drinking vessel (goblet, bowl, mug or stein), you need to get it from the shelves.
  • It can only obtain a liquid state under very high pressure in a containment vessel.
  • Glass containers, ceramic vessels and galvanised cans brimming with an array of cacti, gerbera and orchids are available for your mum's Mother's Day delectation.
container, receptacle;
basin, bowl, pan, pot;
urn, tank, cask, barrel, drum, vat
2.1(Chiefly in or alluding to biblical use) a person, especially regarded as holding or embodying a particular quality: giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel
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  • We need to remember that God puts the treasure of his gospel in earthen vessels.
  • It's not the gospel that is so fragile but we, the vessels - and it's OK for us to be fragile, to be weak and sinful, to be utterly human.
  • They were ‘servants’ and ‘instruments’ as well as passive vessels in contemplation.
3 Anatomy & Zoology A duct or canal holding or conveying blood or other fluid. See also blood vessel.
Example sentences
  • And consuming too much alcohol also can dilate the blood vessels in the skin, giving it a reddish hue.
  • They also have a similarity to the small blood vessels damaged in long-standing diabetes.
  • These help constrict dilated vessels of the nose and help water eyes.
3.1 Botany Any of the tubular structures in the vascular system of a plant, serving to conduct water and mineral nutrients from the root.
Example sentences
  • The fungus plugs up the tree's vascular system, the collection of tiny vessels that transports water and nutrients to the plant cells.
  • The finely porous membranes are designed to allow the flow of water between adjacent vessels while preventing the passage of gas bubbles and pathogens.
  • Throughout most of the day, when the plant is transpiring, these vessels will contain water under substantial hydraulic tension.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French vessel(e), from late Latin vascellum, diminutive of vas 'vessel'.

Words that rhyme with vessel

Bessel, nestle, pestle, redressal, trestle, wrestle

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Syllabification: ves·sel

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