• Any craft designed for transportation on water, such as a ship or boat.
  • A craft designed for transportation through air or space.
  • Dishes and cutlery collectively, especially if made of precious metals.
  • A container of liquid or other substance, such as a glass, goblet, cup, bottle, bowl, or pitcher.
  • A person as a container of qualities or feelings.
  • A tube or canal that carries fluid in an animal or plant.


  • To put into a vessel.


  • From Middle English vessel, vessell, from Old French vaissel (compare modern French vaisseau), from Latin vāscellum, diminutive of vāsculum, diminutive of vās.

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