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Dictionary Definition



1 a tube in which a body fluid circulates [syn: vas]
2 a craft designed for water transportation [syn: watercraft]
3 an object used as a container (especially for liquids)

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  • /ˈves.əl/, /"ves.@l/
  • Rhymes: -ɛsəl


  1. A general term for all kinds of craft designed for transportation on water, such as ships or boats.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      ''But my hope was, that if I stood along this coast till I came to that part where the English traded, I should find some of their vessels upon their usual design of trade, that would relieve and take us in.
  2. A container.
  3. A person as a container of qualities or feelings.
    • Dolly Parton, The Seeker lyrics:
      I am a vessel that’s empty and useless I am a bad seed that fell by the wayI am a loser that wants to be a winnerAnd you are my last hopeDon’t turn me away.
  4. A tube or canal that carries fluid in an animal or plant.
    blood or lymph vessels in humans, xylem or phloem vessels in plants''
tube or canal that carries fluid in an animal or plant
  • Czech: céva
  • Dutch: vat
  • German: Gefäß
  • Greek: αγγείο [aˈ(ŋ)ɟiˌo̞̞]
  • Italian: vaso
  • Polish: naczynie
  • Portuguese: vaso
  • Russian: сосуд (sosúd)
  • Spanish: canal


Extensive Definition

Vessel may refer to:
Vessel may also refer to:
vessel in Danish: Fartøj
vessel in German: Gefäß
vessel in Norwegian: Container
vessel in Polish: Naczynie
vessel in Russian: Сосуды

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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