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vessel

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈves.əl/

vessel noun [C] (SHIP)

formal a large boat or a ship: a cargo/fishing/naval/patrol/sailing/supply vessel
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vessel noun [C] (CONTAINER)

formal a curved container that is used to hold liquid: The remains of some Roman earthenware vessels were found during the dig.

vessel noun [C] (PERSON)

literary a person who has a particular quality or who is used for a particular purpose: As a young and spirited politician, he seems a worthy vessel for the nation's hopes.

vessel noun [C] (TUBE)

a tube that carries liquids such as blood through the body: A heart attack is caused by the blood vessels that supply the blood to the heart muscle getting blocked.
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