- a craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat; a ship or boat.
- an airship.
- a hollow or concave utensil, as a cup, bowl, pitcher, or vase, used for holding liquids or other contents.
- Anatomy, Zoology. a tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or conveying blood or some other body fluid.
- Botany. a duct formed in the xylem, composed of connected cells that have lost their intervening partitions, that conducts water and mineral nutrients.Compare tracheid.
- a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, especially something nonmaterial: a vessel of grace; a vessel of wrath.
- any object used as a container, esp for a liquid
- a passenger or freight-carrying ship, boat, etc
- an aircraft, esp an airship
- anatomy a tubular structure that transports such body fluids as blood and lymph
- botany a tubular element of xylem tissue consisting of a row of cells in which the connecting cell walls have broken down
- rare a person regarded as an agent or vehicle for some purpose or qualityshe was the vessel of the Lord
c.1300, “container,” from Old French vessel (French vaisseau) from Latin vascellum “small vase or urn,” also “a ship,” diminutive of vasculum, itself a diminutive of vas “vessel.” Sense of “ship, boat” is found in English c.1300. “The association between hollow utensils and boats appears in all languages” [Weekley]. Meaning “canal or duct of the body” (especially for carrying blood) is attested from late 14c.
- A duct, canal, or other tube that contains or conveys a body fluid such as blood or lymph.
- A blood vessel.
- A long, continuous column made of the lignified walls of dead vessel elements, along which water flows in the xylem of angiosperms.