Definition of vessel in English:

vessel

Line breaks: ves¦sel
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛs(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 2A hollow container, especially one used to hold liquid, such as a bowl or cask.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    container, receptacle, repository, holder, carrier; basin, bowl, dish, pan, pot, can, tin, jar, jug, pitcher, carafe, flask, decanter; urn, tub, bin, tank, drum, canister, butt, vat, cask, barrel; box, case, chest, casket
    archaic reservatory
  • 2.1(Chiefly in biblical use) a person regarded as having or embodying a particular quality: giving honour 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.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    duct, tube, channel, passage, pipe; artery, vein
    technical vas, trachea
  • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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