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Definition of vessel noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) a large ship or boat ocean-going vessels
  2. 2a tube that carries blood through the body of a person or an animal, or liquid through the parts of a plant see also blood vessel
  3. 3(old use or technology) a container used for holding liquids, such as a bowl, cup, etc. a Bronze Age drinking vessel
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