Definitions of vein

  1. a layer of ore between layers of rock
  2. one of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
  3. one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
  4. make a veinlike pattern
  5. a distinctive style or manner; " he continued in this vein for several minutes"
  6. a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; all veins except the pulmonary carry unaerated blood
  7. any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
  8. One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See Artery, 2.
  9. One of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf.
  10. 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.
  11. A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.
  12. A streak or wave of different color, appearing in wood, and in marble and other stones; variegation.
  13. A train of association, thoughts, emotions, or the like; a current; a course.
  14. 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.
  15. To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins.
  16. 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.
  17. To cover, fill, or form with veins.
  18. Veined.
  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. To form veins or the appearance of veins in.
  22. A vessel which conveys the blood back to the heart; streak in wood or stone; seam of mineral; train of thought; disposition.
  23. To form veins in.
  24. To furnish, traverse, or fill with veins.
  25. One of the vessels that convey blood to the heart; loosely, any blood vessel.
  26. A rib, as of an insect's wing, or of a leaf.
  27. A seam of ore.
  28. A colored streak, as in wood.
  29. A trait; humor; mood.
  30. 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.
  31. To fill or cover with veins.
  32. 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.
  33. To give the appearance of veins in; to grain.

Usage examples for vein

  1. But when Big Slim once more began to talk, he did so in a reflective vein, removed from the direct course of the story. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  2. The vein found immediately under the shell, all along the flesh of the lobster, is removed as soon as it is split. – Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks by Pierre Blot
  3. Wallace, who, in the pale form before him, saw, not only the woman whom he had preserved with a brother's care, but the compassionate saint, who had given a hallowed grave to the remains of an angel, pure as herself, now hung over her with anxiety so eloquent in every feature that the countess would willingly at that moment have stabbed her in every vein. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  4. He was in his best vein, and played as one inspired. – Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday by Henry C. Lahee
  5. Everybody goes disguised; and then they have an opportunity of learning if she is in a good vein, or not, by seeing if she can tell anything about their business, or habits, in the first place. – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  6. But now at last he had struck the right vein. – Life of Charles Dickens by Frank Marzials
  7. The art- loving public was full of Ruskinian enthusiasm, and what strength I had shown was in that vein. – The Autobiography of a Journalist, Volume I by William James Stillman
  8. She had noticed a vein of poetic imagination in him, and his idea that she had been with him through the snow of the lonely ranges and the gloom of the great forests of the Pacific slope appealed to her. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  9. The Celts, with their vehement reaction against the despotism of fact, with their sensuous nature, their manifold striving, their adverse destiny, their immense calamities, the Celts are the prime authors of this vein of piercing regret and passion,- of this Titanism in poetry. – Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold by Matthew Arnold
  10. Such as remains young at three score, and is active still with youthful interests, and a vein of benevolent romance. – The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  11. And here we discover a fresh vein of Nature Mysticism. – Nature Mysticism by J. Edward Mercer
  12. We shall not have to sink fifty feet, he thinks, before we come on the vein again. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  13. For instance the lost lead vein which is one of the objects of the boys' quest is associated in a strange way with this Trulliber and his evil companions. – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  14. This ridiculous joke did not accord with the feelings of James at that moment; he was not " i' the vein." – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  15. The long, almost unbearable pause that followed was broken by a commonplace remark, and the conversation kept in that vein by mutual consent. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  16. The sweet poison had entered, and every vein glowed with it for the first time in his life. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  17. That vein 's certainly five feet wide. – The Cross-Cut by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  18. But this is Sunday, and she will give us something in a different vein. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. Andreas fired up, and a vein started on his high forehead as he retorted angrily: " What should he not want! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers