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Definition of Vein

Vein

  1. One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See Artery, 2.
  2. One of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf.
  3. One of the ribs or nervures of the wings of insects. See Venation.
  4. A narrow mass of rock intersecting other rocks, and filling inclined or vertical fissures not corresponding with the stratification; a lode; a dike; -- often limited, in the language of miners, to a mineral vein or lode, that is, to a vein which contains useful minerals or ores.
  5. A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.
  6. A streak or wave of different color, appearing in wood, and in marble and other stones; variegation.
  7. A train of association, thoughts, emotions, or the like; a current; a course.
  8. Peculiar temper or temperament; tendency or turn of mind; a particular disposition or cast of genius; humor; strain; quality; also, manner of speech or action; as, a rich vein of humor; a satirical vein.
  9. To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins.

Vein Quotations

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
Thomas Carlyle

He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
Thomas Paine

Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
Jonathan Swift

It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not.
Jonathan Swift

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it.
Charles Lamb
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Vein Translations

vein in Afrikaans is aar
vein in Dutch is marmeren, aderen
vein in French is veine, fibre
vein in German is Ader {f}
vein in Italian is vena, vena
vein in Portuguese is veia
vein in Spanish is vena
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