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vein

vein

 
pronunciation:
veIn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one of the many small vessels that transport blood to the heart.
Blood rushes through the veins back to the heart.The nurse poked the needle into a vein.
synonyms:
blood vessel
similar words:
artery, canal, venule, vessel
definition 2: one of a series of thin, branching vascular bundles or riblike lines that constitute the framework of a leaf or insect wing.
The little girl tore away the green portions of the leaf so that only the veins remained.
synonyms:
venule
similar words:
canal, line
definition 3: a body or deposit of ore in a mass of rock; lode.
The miners discovered a new vein of silver in the mine.
synonyms:
deposit, lode
similar words:
bed, seam, stratum, streak
definition 4: style; mood; manner.
He spoke in a more humorous vein toward the end of his speech.
similar words:
humor, manner, mode, mood, stripe, style, temper, way
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: veined, veining, veins
definition 1: to create veins in.
similar words:
canal, line, marble, streak, striate
definition 2: to mark or decorate with lines resembling veins.
derivations: veinal (adj.), veinless (adj.), veinlike (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words vein, vain, and vane sound alike but have different meanings.
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