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Definitions for vela
ˈvi lə, ˈveɪ-; viˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr-, veɪ-vela

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Velanoun

    a constellation in the southern hemisphere between Carina and Pyxis

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


  1. Velanoun

    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. velanoun

    Plural form of velum.

  3. Etymology: Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From vēla (pl. of vēlum), the "sails of a ship"


  1. vela

    The Valley National 8-Ball League Association (VNEA) is one of the world's largest amateur pool leagues. As of 2020, there are nearly 100,000 individual members in some 1,400 weekly local leagues playing in over 10,000 pool halls, bars and other venues in around 400 different cities, towns and suburbs in 36 U.S. states, and abroad. The organization was founded in the United States in 1979 by equipment manufacturer Valley-Dynamo as the Valley 8-Ball League Association. It was later known as the Valley National 8-Ball Association, a name the league still uses sometimes Despite its name, it is no longer just national, having leagues in eleven countries, nor limited to the game of eight-ball, as nine-ball is also sponsored. The annual, week-long VNEA International Pool Championships are held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The organization is headquartered in Bay City, Michigan. As of 2020 the president of the VNEA is Marshall Kohtz.


  1. vela

    Vela can hold diverse meanings depending on its context: 1. In Astronomy: Vela is a constellation in the southern sky whose name means "the sails (of a ship)" in Latin. 2. In Spanish: 'Vela' translates to 'candle' or 'vigil'. 3. In Sailing: Vela is Italian for 'sail'. 4. In Person Names: Vela can be a surname or a given name in certain cultures. 5. In Sports: Vela is often associated with Carlos Vela, a professional footballer from Mexico. Always refer to the context in which the term is used to ascertain its right meaning.

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.

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  1. VELA

    What does VELA stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the VELA acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. VELA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Vela is ranked #1396 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Vela surname appeared 25,414 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Vela.

    91% or 23,150 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.6% or 1,937 total occurrences were White.
    0.5% or 145 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 71 total occurrences were Black.
    0.2% or 64 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.1% or 48 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for vela »

  1. vale

  2. veal

  3. eval

  4. lave

  5. leva

  6. avel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vela in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vela in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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