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vein

noun uk   /veɪn/ us  

vein noun (TUBE)

C1 [C] a tube that carries blood to the heart from the other parts of the bodyThe circulatory system and blood [C] the frame of a leaf or an insect's wingParts of plants

vein noun (LAYER)

[C] a narrow layer of a substance that forms in or fills a crack in rock: A rich vein of iron ore was found in the hillside.Mining and quarryingCoverings and layers [S] a particular quality or characteristic: A vein of satirical anger runs through all his work. In its bid to be elected, the party is attempting to tap (= use) an underlying vein of nationalism in the country.Conditions and characteristics

vein noun (MOOD)

[S or U] a style or a temporary mood: The opening scene is very violent, and the rest of the film continues in (a) similar vein. After laughing over the photo, they began to talk in (a) more serious vein about the damaging effect it could have on his career.Ways of achieving things
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