Meaning of VESSEL in English

VESSEL

— vesseled; esp. Brit., vesselled , adj.

/ves"euhl/ , n.

1. a craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat; a ship or boat.

2. an airship.

3. a hollow or concave utensil, as a cup, bowl, pitcher, or vase, used for holding liquids or other contents.

4. Anat. , Zool. a tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or conveying blood or some other body fluid.

5. Bot. a 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.

[ 1250-1300; ME vessel, va ( i ) ssel vascellum, equiv. to vas (see VASE) + -cellum dim. suffix ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .