Meaning of VESSEL in English


I. ˈvesəl noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English vessel, vesselle, from Old French vassel, vaissel, vessel receptacle, container (from Late Latin vascellum, diminutive of Latin vas vessel, vase) + vassele, vaissele, vessele domestic receptacles collectively, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin vascella, from Late Latin, plural of vascellum — more at vase


a. obsolete : domestic containers or utensils ; specifically : plate 3a

b. dialect Britain : cutlery, dishes, and other table furnishing

had to wash up the vessel before she could leave


a. : a hollow and usually cylindrical or concave utensil (as a hogshead, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding something and especially a liquid : a receptacle of tight construction sometimes as distinguished from one (as a basket) of slack or open construction

set a large copper vessel over the fire

alchemists' flasks and similar vessels

b. : a person that is the receptacle of something ; especially : one in whom a divine action is manifested

c. dialect England : the udder of a cow


a. : a usually hollow structure used on or in the water for purposes of navigation : a craft for navigation of the water ; especially : a watercraft or structure with its equipment whether self-propelled or not that is used or capable of being used as a means of transportation in navigation or commerce on water and that usually excludes small rowboats and sailboats

b. : any of various aircraft ; especially : an airplane (as a hydroplane) that is capable of being used on water


a. : a tube or canal (as an artery, vein, or lymphatic) in which a body fluid (as blood or lymph) is contained and conveyed or circulated

b. : a conducting tube in a vascular plant formed in the xylem by the fusion and loss of end walls of a series of cells — compare tracheid

II. ˈvesəl noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown

: a piece of paper 1/8 of a sheet of foolscap (about 7 in. × 4 1/2 in.)

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