(1)   A craft designed for water transportation
(2)   An object used as a container (especially for liquids)
(3)   A tube in which a body fluid circulates


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  1. A general term for all kinds of craft designed for transportation on water, such as ships or boats.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      But my hope was, that if I stood along this coast till I came to that part where the English traded, I should find some of their vessels upon their usual design of trade, that would relieve and take us in.
  2. A container of liquid, such as a glass, goblet, cup, bottle, bowl, or pitcher
  3. A person as a container of qualities or feelings.
    • Dolly Parton, The Seeker lyrics:
      I am a vessel that’s empty and useless
      I am a bad seed that fell by the way
      I am a loser that wants to be a winner
      And you are my last hope
      Don’t turn me away.
  4. A tube or canal that carries fluid in an animal or plant.
    blood or lymph vessels in humans, xylem or phloem vessels in plants