Pronunciation: (ves'ul), [key]
1. a craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat; a ship or boat.
2. an airship.
3. a hollow or concave utensil, as a cup, bowl, pitcher, or vase, used for holding liquids or other contents.
4. Anat., Zool.a tube or duct, as an artery or vein, containing or conveying blood or some other body fluid.
5. Bot.a duct formed in the xylem, composed of connected cells that have lost their intervening partitions, that conducts water and mineral nutrients. Cf. tracheid.
6. a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something, esp. something nonmaterial: a vessel of grace; a vessel of wrath.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.