WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ves•sel /ˈvɛsəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Nauticala craft for traveling on water, esp. a fairly large one;
    a ship or boat.
  2. a hollow or hollowed-out utensil, as a cup, bowl, or pitcher, used for holding liquids or other contents.
  3. Anatomy, Zoologya tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or carrying blood or some other body fluid.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ves•sel  (vesəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nauticala craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat;
    a ship or boat.
  2. Aeronauticsan airship.
  3. a hollow or concave utensil, as a cup, bowl, pitcher, or vase, used for holding liquids or other contents.
  4. Anatomy, Zoologya tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or conveying blood or some other body fluid.
  5. Botanya duct formed in the xylem, composed of connected cells that have lost their intervening partitions, that conducts water and mineral nutrients. Cf.  tracheid. 
  6. a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, esp. something nonmaterial:a vessel of grace; a vessel of wrath.
vesseled*  [esp. Brit.,] vesselled, adj. 
  • Latin vāscellum, equivalent. to vās (see vase) + -cellum diminutive suffix
  • Anglo-French, Old French vessel, va(i)ssel
  • Middle English 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

vessel /ˈvɛsəl/ n
  1. any object used as a container, esp for a liquid
  2. a passenger or freight-carrying ship, boat, etc
  3. a tubular structure that transports such body fluids as blood and lymph
  4. a tubular element of xylem tissue consisting of a row of cells in which the connecting cell walls have broken down
  5. rare a person regarded as an agent or vehicle for some purpose or quality
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French vaissel, from Late Latin vascellum urn, from Latin vās vessel



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