Definitions for: Vessel


[n] a craft designed for water transportation
[n] an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
[n] a tube in which a body fluid circulates



Webster (1913) Definition: Ves"sel, n. [OF. vessel, veissel, vaissel, vaissiel, F.
vascellum, dim. of vasculum, dim. of vas a vessel. Cf.
Vascular, Vase.]
1. 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.

[They drank] out of these noble vessels. --Chaucer.

2. 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.

[He] began to build a vessel of huge bulk. --Milton.

3. 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.

He is a chosen vessel unto me. --Acts ix. 15.

[The serpent] fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in
whom To enter. --Milton.

4. (Anat.) Any tube or canal in which the blood or other
fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as the
arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc.

5. (Bot.) A continuous tube formed from superposed large
cylindrical or prismatic cells (trache[ae]), which have
lost their intervening partitions, and are usually marked
with dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition
of secondary membranes; a duct.

Acoustic vessels. See under Acoustic.

Weaker vessel, a woman; -- now applied humorously. ``Giving
honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel.'' --1
Peter iii. 7. ``You are the weaker vessel.'' --Shak.


Ves"sel, v. t.
To put into a vessel. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Synonyms: vas, watercraft

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