Webster 1913 Edition
A hollow or concave utensil for holding anything; a hollow receptacle of any kind, as a hogshead, a barrel, a firkin, a bottle, a kettle, a cup, a bowl, etc.
[They drank] out of these noble
A general name for any hollow structure made to float upon the water for purposes of navigation; especially, one that is larger than a common rowboat;
as, a war
vessel; a passenger
[He] began to build a
vesselof huge bulk.
Fig.: A person regarded as receiving or containing something; esp.
(Script.), one into whom something is conceived as poured, or in whom something is stored for use;
vesselsof wrath or mercy
He is a chosen
Acts ix. 15.
[The serpent] fit
vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in whom
Any tube or canal in which the blood or other fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as the arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc.
A continuous tube formed from superposed large cylindrical or prismatic cells (tracheae), which have lost their intervening partitions, and are usually marked with dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition of secondary membranes; a duct.
a woman; – now applied humorously.“Giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel.”
1 Peter iii. 7.“You are the weaker vessel.”
To put into a vessel.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A cask or utensil proper for holding liquors and other things, as a tun, a pipe, a puncheon, a hogshead, a barrel, a firkin, a bottle, a kettle, a cup, a dish, &c.
2.In anatomy, any tube or canal, in which the blood and other humors are contained, secreted or circulated, as the arteries, veins, lymphatics, spermatics, &c.
3.In the physiology of plants, a canal or tube of very small bore, in which the sap is contained and conveyed; also, a bag or utricle, filled with pulp, and serving as a reservoir for sap; also, a spiral canal, usually of a larger bore, for receiving and distributing air.
4.Any building used in navigation, which carries masts and sails, from the largest ship of war down to a fishing sloop. In general however, vessel is used for the smaller ships, brigs, sloops, schooners, luggers, scows, &c.
Vessels of wrath, in Scripture, are such persons as are to receive the full effects of God's wrath and indignation, as a punishment for their sins.
Vessels of mercy, are persons who are to receive the effects of God's mercy, or future happiness and glory.
Chosen vessels, ministers of the gospel, as appointed to bear the glad news of salvation to others; called also earthen vessels, on account of their weakness and frailty.