vein


vein
I. noun Etymology: Middle English veine, from Anglo-French, from Latin vena Date: 14th century 1. a. a narrow water channel in rock or earth or in ice b. (1) lode 2 (2) a bed of useful mineral matter c. lode 3 2. blood vessel; especially any of the tubular branching vessels that carry blood from the capillaries toward the heart 3. a. any of the vascular bundles forming the framework of a leaf b. any of the thickened cuticular ribs that serve to stiffen the wings of an insect 4. something suggesting veins (as in reticulation); specifically a wavy variegation (as in marble) 5. a. a distinctive mode of expression ; style <
stories in a romantic vein
>
b. a distinctive element or quality ; strain <
introduced a welcome vein of humor
>
c. a line of thought or action <
renewed discussion along the same vein
>
6. a. a special aptitude <
inherited an artistic vein
>
b. a usually transitory and casually attained mood c. top form <
thou troublest me; I am not in the vein — Shakespeare
>
veinal adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1502 to pattern with or as if with veins

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  • vein´er — vein «vayn», noun, verb. –n. 1. a) one of the blood vessels or tubes that carry the blood to the heart from all parts of the body. b) any blood vessel. 2. the rib of a leaf; one of the strands or bundles of vascular tissue forming the principal… …   Useful english dictionary

  • vein — [ veın ] noun ** 1. ) count; count one of the tubes in your body that carry blood to your heart. A tube that carries blood away from your heart is an artery. a ) one of the tubes that carry liquids through plants or insects 2. ) singular a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Vein — Vein, n. [OE. veine, F. veine, L. vena.] 1. (Anat.) One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See {Artery}, 2. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) One of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • VEIN — ist ein Klaviertrio des Modern Jazz aus Basel, Schweiz. Die von der Kritik in einer Reihe mit großen Namen genannte[1] Combo wurde 2006 gegründet und hat bereits vier Alben vorgelegt. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geschichte 2 Diskografie 3 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • vein — ► NOUN 1) any of the tubes forming part of the circulation system by which blood is conveyed from all parts of the body towards the heart. 2) (in general use) a blood vessel. 3) (in plants) a slender rib running through a leaf, containing… …   English terms dictionary

  • vein — [vān] n. [ME veine < OFr < L vena] 1. a) any blood vessel that carries blood from some part of the body back toward the heart b) loosely any blood vessel: cf. ARTERY, CAPILLARY 2. any of the riblike supports strengthening the membranous… …   English World dictionary

  • vein|y — «VAY nee», adjective, vein|i|er, vein|i|est. 1. a) of, having to do with, or full of veins, especially blood vessels. b) having prominent veins. 2. Geology. c …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vein — Vein, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Veined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Veining}.] To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vein — c.1300, from O.Fr. veine, from L. vena a blood vessel, also a water course, a vein of metal, a person s natural ability or interest, of unknown origin. The mining sense is attested in English from late 14c. Figurative sense of strain or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • vein — [n1] mood, tone attitude, bent, character, characteristic, complexion, dash, disposition, faculty, fashion, fettle, hint, humor, line, manner, mind, mode, nature, note, spice, spirit, strain, streak, style, suggestion, suspicion, tang, temper,… …   New thesaurus


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