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Meaning of “vessel” in the English Dictionary

"vessel" in British English

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vesselnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈves.əl/
  • vessel noun [C] (SHIP)

formal a ​largeboat or a ​ship: a ​cargo/​fishing/​naval/​patrol/​sailing/​supply vessel

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  • vessel noun [C] (TUBE)

a ​tube that ​carriesliquids such as ​blood through the ​body: A ​heartattack is ​caused by the blood vessels that ​supply the ​blood to the ​heartmuscle getting ​blocked.
(Definition of vessel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vessel" in American English

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vesselnoun [C]

 us   /ˈves·əl/
  • vessel noun [C] (SHIP)

a ​largeboat or ​ship: A ​scattering of vessels ​anchored in the ​harbor.
  • vessel noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​container used to ​holdliquids: We used ​bowls, ​pots, ​bottles, ​pitchers – any vessels we could ​find.
  • vessel noun [C] (TUBE)

a ​tube that ​carriesliquid, esp. ​blood, through the ​body: Blood ​clotsclogged the vessels.
(Definition of vessel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vessel" in Business English

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vesselnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈvesəl/ TRANSPORT
a large boat or a ​ship: Two tugboats ​guided the 70,000 ​ton vessel into ​port. a cargo/​container/​freight vessel a commercial/​merchant/naval vessel a salvage/​supply vessel a fishing/patrol/​research vessel an ocean-going/sea-going vessel
(Definition of vessel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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