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Vein
WordNet 2.0
  • one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
  • a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart
  • all veins except the pulmonary carry unaerated blood
  • a distinctive style or manner
  • "he continued in this vein for several minutes"
  • a layer of ore between layers of rock
  • any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
  • make a veinlike pattern
Vein
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See Artery, 2.

    2. (Bot.) One of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf.

    3. (Zoöl.) One of the ribs or nervures of the wings of insects. See Venation.

    4. (Geol. or Mining) 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. A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance. "Down to the veins of earth." Milton.

    "Let the glass of the prisms be free from veins." -- Sir I. Newton.

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

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

    "He can open a vein of true and noble thinking." -- Swift.

    8. 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. Shak.

    "Certain discoursing wits which are of the same veins." -- Bacon.

    "Invoke the Muses, and improve my vein." -- Waller.

  • 1. To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins. Tennyson.

 

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