Definitions for velaˈvi lə, ˈveɪ-; viˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr-, veɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ve•laˈvi lə(n.)

  1. Category: Biology

    Ref: pl. of velum.

Ve•la*ˈvi lə, ˈveɪ-; viˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr-, veɪ-(n.)Ve•lo•rum

  1. the Sail, a southern constellation.

    Category: Aerospace

* gen..

Origin of Vela:

< L, pl. of vēlum sail

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vela(noun)

    a constellation in the southern hemisphere between Carina and Pyxis

    "because of its configuration Vela is sometimes called `the Sails'"


  1. Vela(ProperNoun)

    A spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the sails of a ship. Until 1763, it was part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis.

  2. vela(Noun)

    Plural form of velum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vela

    of Velum


  1. Vela

    Vela is a constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for the sails of a ship, and it was originally part of a larger constellation, the ship Argo Navis, which was later divided into three parts, the others being Carina and Puppis.

Translations for vela

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sheet of strong cloth spread to catch the wind, by which a ship is driven forward.

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