Definition of vessel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    vessel

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈvesl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvesl//
     
    Types of boats and ships
     
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  1. 1 (formal) a large ship or boat ocean-going vessels See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  2. 2(old use or specialist) a container used for holding liquids, such as a bowl, cup, etc. a Bronze Age drinking vessel
  3. 3 a 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
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French vessel(e), from late Latin vascellum, diminutive of vas ‘vessel’.Extra examples A fire broke out on board the vessel. A rescue boat managed to come alongside the crippled vessel. A salvage team failed to refloat the vessel. He was accused of operating the vessel while drunk. Huge waves swamped the vessel. It is a scientific fact that empty vessels make the most noise. It was one of the largest vessels afloat. Police boarded and searched the vessel. The Navy seized any vessel caught trading with the enemy. The captain of the boat was accused of ramming a patrol vessel. The damaged vessel sailed on for another 50 miles. The vessel carried a crew of 130. The vessel finally entered port after thirty days at sea. The vessel flooded and began to sink. The vessel was registered in Bermuda. They managed to haul the survivors aboard the vessel. a French vessel bound for Nigeria ancient bronze ritual vessels
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