Definitions for veinveɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. one of the system of branching vessels or tubes conveying blood from various parts of the body to the heart.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. (loosely) any blood vessel.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. one of the riblike thickenings that form the framework of the wing of an insect.

    Category: Entomology

  4. one of the strands or bundles of vascular tissue forming the principal framework of a leaf.

    Category: Botany

  5. a body or mass of mineral deposit, igneous rock, or the like occupying a crevice or fissure in rock; lode. any body or stratum of ore, coal, etc., clearly separated or defined.

    Category: Geology, Mining

  6. a streak or marking, as of a different color, running through marble, wood, etc.

  7. a temporary attitude, mood, or temper:

    spoke in a serious vein.

  8. a tendency, quality, or strain traceable in conduct, writing, etc.:

    a vein of pessimism.

  9. (v.t.)to furnish with veins.

  10. to mark with lines or streaks suggesting veins.

  11. to extend over or through in the manner of veins.

Origin of vein:

1250–1300; < OF < L vēna vein of the body, channel, ore deposit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vein, vena, venous blood vessel(noun)

    a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart

    "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"

  2. vein(noun)

    a distinctive style or manner

    "he continued in this vein for several minutes"

  3. vein, nervure(noun)

    any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ

  4. vein, mineral vein(noun)

    a layer of ore between layers of rock

  5. vein, nervure(verb)

    one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect

  6. vein(verb)

    make a veinlike pattern

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vein(noun)ɪn

    a tube that carries blood to your heart

    a punctured vein

  2. veinɪn

    in a similar way

    a joke that's in the same vein as the one I told you earlier


  1. vein(Noun)

    A blood vessel that transports blood from the capillaries back to the heart

  2. vein(Noun)

    (used in plural veins) The entrails of a shrimp

  3. vein(Noun)

    In leaves, a thickened portion of the leaf containing the vascular bundle

  4. vein(Noun)

    The nervure of an insectu2019s wing

  5. vein(Noun)

    A stripe or streak of a different colour or composition in materials such as wood, cheese, marble or other rocks

  6. vein(Noun)

    A topic of discussion

    ...and on a different vein, can we discuss...

  7. vein(Noun)

    A style, tendency, or quality of something

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vein(noun)

    one of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See Artery, 2

  2. Vein(noun)

    one of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf

  3. Vein(noun)

    one of the ribs or nervures of the wings of insects. See Venation

  4. Vein(noun)

    a narrow mass of rock intersecting other rocks, and filling inclined or vertical fissures not corresponding with the stratification; a lode; a dike; -- often limited, in the language of miners, to a mineral vein or lode, that is, to a vein which contains useful minerals or ores

  5. Vein(noun)

    a fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance

  6. Vein(noun)

    a streak or wave of different color, appearing in wood, and in marble and other stones; variegation

  7. Vein(noun)

    a train of association, thoughts, emotions, or the like; a current; a course

  8. Vein(noun)

    peculiar temper or temperament; tendency or turn of mind; a particular disposition or cast of genius; humor; strain; quality; also, manner of speech or action; as, a rich vein of humor; a satirical vein

  9. Vein(verb)

    to form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins


  1. Vein

    In the circulatory system, veins are blood vessels that carry blood toward the heart. Most veins carry deoxygenated blood from the tissues back to the heart; exceptions are the pulmonary and umbilical veins, both of which carry oxygenated blood to the heart. Veins differ from arteries in structure and function; for example, arteries are more muscular than veins, veins are often closer to the skin and contain valves to help keep blood flowing toward the heart, while arteries carry blood away from the heart.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vein' in Nouns Frequency: #2258

Anagrams of vein

  1. nevi

  2. vine

Translations for vein

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any of the tubes that carry the blood back to the heart.

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