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Meaning of vessel

ves•sel

Pronunciation: (ves'ul), [key]
— 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. a tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or conveying blood or some other body fluid.
  5. a duct formed in the xylem, composed of connected cells that have lost their intervening partitions, that conducts water and mineral nutrients. Cf.
  6. a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, esp. something nonmaterial: a vessel of grace; a vessel of wrath.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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