- any object used as a container, esp for a liquid
- a passenger or freight-carrying ship, boat, etc
- a tubular structure that transports such body fluids as blood and lymph
- a tubular element of xylem tissue consisting of a row of cells in which the connecting cell walls have broken down
- rare a person regarded as an agent or vehicle for some purpose or quality
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Nauticala craft for traveling on water, esp. a fairly large one;
a ship or boat.
- a hollow or hollowed-out utensil, as a cup, bowl, or pitcher, used for holding liquids or other contents.
- Anatomy, Zoologya tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or carrying blood or some other body fluid.
- Nauticala craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat;
a ship or boat.
- Aeronauticsan airship.
- a hollow or concave utensil, as a cup, bowl, pitcher, or vase, used for holding liquids or other contents.
- Anatomy, Zoologya tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or conveying blood or some other body fluid.
- Botanya duct formed in the xylem, composed of connected cells that have lost their intervening partitions, that conducts water and mineral nutrients. Cf. tracheid.
- a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, esp. something nonmaterial:a vessel of grace; a vessel of wrath.
- Latin vāscellum, equivalent. to vās (see vase) + -cellum diminutive suffix
- Anglo-French, Old French vessel, va(i)ssel
- Middle English 1250–1300