What does vein mean?

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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


  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

  10. Origin: [OE. veine, F. veine, L. vena.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vein

    vān, n. one of the vessels or tubes which convey the blood back to the heart: one of the horny tubes forming the framework of an insect's wings: (bot.) one of the small branching ribs in a leaf: a seam of a different mineral through a rock: a fissure or cavity: a streak in wood or stone: a train of thought: a course: tendency or turn of mind: mood or humour.—v.t. to form veins or the appearance of veins in.—n. Vein′age, veins collectively.—adj. Veined, full of veins: streaked, variegated: (bot.) having vessels branching over the surface, as a leaf.—n. Vein′ing, formation or disposition of veins: streaking.—adj. Vein′less, having no veins.—n. Vein′let (bot.), a little vein or vessel branching out from a larger one.—adjs. Vein′ous, Vein′y, full of veins.—ns. Vein′stone, the earthy part of a lode; Vein′ūle, a very small vein. [Fr. veine—L. vena, perh. from vehĕre, to carry.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vein in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vein in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Carlyle:

    A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men.

  2. Jonathan Swift:

    It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.

  3. Savita Ginde:

    In public I think it makes a lot more sense for it to be in the research vein than, I’d say, a business venture.

  4. Savita Ginde:

    And in public I think it makes a lot more sense for it to be in the research vein, than I'd say, business venture.

  5. King Henry III of France:

    Old creature with a sore leg (reference to Elizabeth I- he was incorrectly told she limped because of a varicose vein)

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