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



    BrE BrE//veɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪn//
    Internal anatomy
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  1. 1 [countable] any of the tubes that carry blood from all parts of the body towards the heart the jugular vein The nurse was having trouble finding a vein in his arm. compare artery see also deep vein thrombosis, varicose vein See related entries: Internal anatomy
  2. 2[countable] any of the very thin tubes that form the frame of a leaf or an insect’s wing
  3. 3[countable] a narrow strip of a different colour in some types of stone, wood and cheese
  4. 4[countable] a thin layer of minerals or metal contained in rock synonym seam a vein of gold
  5. 5[singular] vein (of something) an amount of a particular quality or feature in something They had tapped a rich vein of information in his secretary. There was a vein of proverbial wisdom in what he said.
  6. 6[singular, uncountable] a particular style or manner A number of other people commented in a similar vein. ‘And that's not all,’ he continued in angry vein. Other speakers tackled the same problem in a lighter vein.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French veine, from Latin vena. The earliest senses were ‘blood vessel’ and ‘small natural underground channel of water’.Extra examples Fortunately, the rest of the evening continued in a lighter vein. He felt the adrenalin coursing through his veins. She uses make-up to hide the thread veins in her cheeks. The philosopher Seneca opened his veins in his bath. The team have hit a rich vein of form recently. The veins stood out on her throat and temples. The writer tapped into a rich vein of humour in the play. There’s a drop of Irish blood in her veins.
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