Meaning of “vessel” in the English Dictionary

"vessel" in British English

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vesselnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈves.əl/ us /ˈves.əl/

vessel noun [ C ] (SHIP)

formal a large boat or a ship:

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  • The 169,000-ton vessel went down during a typhoon in the South China Sea.
  • The company has five oceangoing vessels.
  • A warning went out to fishing vessels in the region.
  • Refugees are making hazardous journeys in unsafe vessels.
  • His vessel went down off the coast of Australia.

(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 large boat or ship:

A scattering of vessels anchored in the harbor.

vessel noun [ C ] (CONTAINER)

a container used to hold liquids:

We used bowls, pots, bottles, pitchers – any vessels we could find.

vessel noun [ C ] (TUBE)

a tube that carries liquid, esp. blood, through the body:

Blood clots clogged 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 /ˈvesəl/ us TRANSPORT

a large boat or a ship:

Two tugboats guided the 70,000 ton vessel into port.
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)