|1.||any object used as a container, esp for a liquid|
|2.||a passenger or freight-carrying ship, boat, etc|
|3.||an aircraft, esp an airship|
|4.||anatomy a tubular structure that transports such body fluids as blood and lymph|
|5.||botany a tubular element of xylem tissue consisting of a row of cells in which the connecting cell walls have broken down|
|6.||rare a person regarded as an agent or vehicle for some purpose or quality: she was the vessel of the Lord|
|[C13: from Old French vaissel, from Late Latin vascellum urn, from Latin vās vessel]|
vessel ves·sel (věs'əl)
A duct, canal, or other tube that contains or conveys a body fluid such as blood or lymph.
in botany, the most specialized and efficient conducting structure of xylem (fluid-conducting tissues). Characteristic of most flowering plants and absent from most gymnosperms and ferns, vessels are thought to have evolved from tracheids (a primitive form of water-conducting cell) by loss of the end walls.
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