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Definition of Vessel


  1. A hollow or concave utensil for holding anything; a hollow receptacle of any kind, as a hogshead, a barrel, a firkin, a bottle, a kettle, a cup, a bowl, etc.
  2. A general name for any hollow structure made to float upon the water for purposes of navigation; especially, one that is larger than a common rowboat; as, a war vessel; a passenger vessel.
  3. Fig.: A person regarded as receiving or containing something; esp. (Script.), one into whom something is conceived as poured, or in whom something is stored for use; as, vessels of wrath or mercy.
  4. Any tube or canal in which the blood or other fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as the arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc.
  5. A continuous tube formed from superposed large cylindrical or prismatic cells (tracheae), which have lost their intervening partitions, and are usually marked with dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition of secondary membranes; a duct.
  6. To put into a vessel.

Vessel Quotations

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Mark Twain

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
William Shakespeare

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel. - Augustus Hare
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
Augustus Hare

The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.
Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
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Vessel Translations

vessel in Afrikaans is skip, boks, pot
vessel in Danish is skib, beholder
vessel in Dutch is pot, foedraal, bak, doos, etui, koker
vessel in Italian is recipiente, vascello
vessel in Latin is navis navis

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