Definitions of vessel

  1. To put into a vessel.
  2. a tube in which a body fluid circulates
  3. a craft designed for water transportation
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A continuous tube formed from superposed large cylindrical or prismatic cells ( tracheae), which have lost their intervening partitions, and are usually marked with dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition of secondary membranes; a duct.
  8. A hollow receptacle or container, usually for liquids, as a barrel, bottle, cup, etc.; a tube or canal in the body through which a fluid passes or in which it is secreted; as, a blood vessel, etc.; any boat larger than a rowboat; a ship.
  9. A vass or utensil for holding something: a hollow structure made to float on water, used for conveyance, etc.: a tube in which fluids, as blood, etc., are contained: a person considered as an agent of God.
  10. A hollow utensil or receptacle; tube for conveying fluids in an animal or vegetable structure; hollow structure for navigation.
  11. A hollow receptacle.
  12. A ship or other craft for navigation.
  13. Anat. & Zool. A duct for fluid.
  14. A cask or utensil proper for holding liquors and other things; a ship of any size from a sloop upwards; any tube or canal in which the blood and other humours are contained, secreted or circulated, as the arteries, veins, & c.; a canal or tube, in which the sap of plants is contained; a recipient, instrument or agent.
  15. A utensil for holding something, as a cup, a kettle, a barrel, & c.; a hollow structure made to float on water; a ship in general; any tube or canal for containing a liquid, as the blood in animals and the sap in vegetables, hence blood- vessels, sap- vessels.
  16. Any tube or canal with properly defined walls in which fluids, such as blood, lymph, etc., circulate; a continuous tube formed by the superposition of numerous cells.
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