Definitions of vein

  1. To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins.
  2. To cover, fill, or form with veins.
  3. To form veins or the appearance of veins in.
  4. To form veins in.
  5. To furnish, traverse, or fill with veins.
  6. To fill or cover with veins.
  7. To give the appearance of veins in; to grain.
  8. a layer of ore between layers of rock
  9. one of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
  10. a distinctive style or manner; " he continued in this vein for several minutes"
  11. One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See Artery, 2.
  12. One of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf.
  13. A narrow mass of rock intersecting other rocks, and filling inclined or vertical fissures not corresponding with the stratification; a lode; a dike; -- often limited, in the language of miners, to a mineral vein or lode, that is, to a vein which contains useful minerals or ores.
  14. A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.
  15. A streak or wave of different color, appearing in wood, and in marble and other stones; variegation.
  16. A train of association, thoughts, emotions, or the like; a current; a course.
  17. Peculiar temper or temperament; tendency or turn of mind; a particular disposition or cast of genius; humor; strain; quality; also, manner of speech or action; as, a rich vein of humor; a satirical vein.
  18. One of the tubelike vessels which carry the blood to the heart; one of the branching ribs of a plant or of the wing of an insect; a crack or seam in rock filled by mineral matter; as, a vein of gold; a mineral bed; as, a vein of coal; a wave or streak in wood, marble, etc.; anything running in wood, marble etc.; anything running through something else; as, a vein of humor ran through the serious address; a strain; as, he spoke in a solemn vein.
  19. Veining.
  20. One of the vessels or tubes which convey the blood back to the heart: one of the small branching ribs in a leaf: ( geol. and mining) a seam of a different mineral through a rock: a fissure or cavity: a streak in wood or stone: a train of thought: a course: tendency or turn of mind: humor.
  21. A vessel which conveys the blood back to the heart; streak in wood or stone; seam of mineral; train of thought; disposition.
  22. One of the vessels that convey blood to the heart; loosely, any blood vessel.
  23. A rib, as of an insect's wing, or of a leaf.
  24. A seam of ore.
  25. A colored streak, as in wood.
  26. A trait; humor; mood.
  27. A vessel in animal bodies, which receives the blood from the extremities of the arteries, and returns it to the heart; a tube, or an assemblage of tubes, through which the sap is transmitted along the leaves; a seam of any substance intersecting a rock or stratum; a streak or wave of different colour, appearing in wood, marble, and other stones; variegation; a cavity or fissure in the earth or other substance; tendency or turn of mind; a particular disposition or cast of genius; humour; particular temper; strain.
  28. One of the vessels of the body which convey the blood back to the heart; in bot., one of the small branching ribs of a leaf; in geol. or mining, fissures or rents traversing and ramifying through the solid rock of the earth's crust, filled with mineral or metallic matter, differing from the rock- mass in which it occurs; a streak or wave of a different colour in marble, wood, & c.; tendency or turn of mind; humour; particular temper.
  29. Veined.