vessel meaning

[ 'vesl ] Pronunciation:   "vessel" in a sentence
  • Noun: vessel  vesul
    1. A tube in which a body fluid circulates
      - vas 
    2. A craft designed for water transportation
      - watercraft 
    3. An object used as a container (especially for liquids)

    Derived forms: vessels

    See also: vascular

    Type of: container, craft, tube, tube-shaped structure

    Part of: vascular system

    Encyclopedia: Vessel

  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    a large ship or boat

    an ocean-going/a sea-going vessel

    ◆ a cargo/commercial/container/freight/merchant vessel

  • [Engineering]
    "A container or structural envelope in which materials are processed, treated, or stored, for example, pressure vessels, reactor vessels, agitator vessels, and storage vessels (tanks)."

  • [Finance]
    A conveyance for the transport of goods by water.

  • [Law]
    Every kind of water and air craft or other contrivance used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, or on water and in the air, as well as any ship, boat, barge, or other water craft or any structure capable of floating on the water. 18 USC

    A ship, brig, sloop or other craft used in navigation .

    By an act of congress, approved July 29, 1850, it is provided that any person, not being an owner, who shall on the high seas, wilfully, with. intent to burn or destroy, set fire to any ship or other vessel, or otherwise attempt the destruction of such ship or other vessel, being the property of any citizen or citizens of the United States, or procure the same to be done, with the intent aforesaid, and being thereof lawfully convicted, shall suffer imprisonment to hard labor, for a term not exceeding ten years, nor less than three years, according to the aggravation of the offence.


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  1. in some vessels the walls becomes infiltrated.
  2. great rollers make vessels play pendulum.
  3. the minister's son embarked in this old vessel.
  4. the vessel lies at anchor at seattle.
  5. the vessel at anchor surged in the heavy sea.

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