From Middle English < Old French veine < Latin vēna (“a blood-vessel, vein, artery, also a watercourse, a vein of metal, a vein or streak of wood or stone, a row of trees, strength, a person's natural bent, etc.”); probable origin a pipe or channel for conveying a fluid, from vehere (“to carry, convey”).
vein (plural veins)
- (anatomy) A blood vessel that transports blood from the capillaries back to the heart
- (used in plural veins) The entrails of a shrimp
- (botany) In leaves, a thickened portion of the leaf containing the vascular bundle
- (zoology) The nervure of an insect’s wing
- A stripe or streak of a different colour or composition in materials such as wood, cheese, marble or other rocks
- A topic of discussion; a train of association, thoughts, emotions, etc.
- ...in the same vein...
- Jonathan Swift
- He can open a vein of true and noble thinking.
- A style, tendency, or quality.
- The play is in a satirical vein.
- Francis Bacon
- certain discoursing wits which are of the same veins
- Invoke the Muses, and improve my vein.
- A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.
- down to the veins of earth
- Isaac Newton
- Let the glass of the prisms be free from veins.
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- in the same vein
- blue-veined cheese
- deep vein thrombosis
- pulmonary vein
- varicose vein
- Noah Webster (1913), “vein”, in Noah Porter, editor, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company
- “vein”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- vein at OneLook Dictionary Search
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- First-person singular indicative past form of viedä.
vein m (plural veins)