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noun
  1. A distinct group of objects or things
  2. (nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.
  1. (board games) a line of play that differs from the original
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noun
  1. turning.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To change direction or course suddenly; to swerve.
  2. (context, intransitive, of the wind) To change direction in a clockwise direction if in the Northern Hemisphere, or in a counterclockwise direction if in the Southern Hemisphere. <ref name="bowditch-2002">Bowditch 2002</ref>
  3. (context, intransitive, nautical, of the wind) To shift aft. <ref name="bowditch-2002" />
  4. (context, intransitive, nautical) To change direction into the wind; to wear ship.
  5. (transitive) To turn.
vessel Tweet Definition of vessel Like Definition of vessel on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) A general term for all kinds of craft designed for transportation on water, such as ships or boats.
    • 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
    • : ''But my hope was, that if I stood along this coast till I came to that part where the English traded, I should find some of their vessels upon their usual design of trade, that would relieve and take us in.
      1. A container.
      2. A person as a container of qualities or feelings.
    • Dolly Parton, The Seeker lyrics:
    • :I am a that"s empty and useless <BR />I am a bad seed that fell by the way<BR />I am a loser that wants to be a winner<BR />And you are my last hope<BR />Don"t turn me away.
      1. (biology) A tube or canal that carries fluid in an animal or plant.
      blood or lymph vessels in humans, xylem or phloem vessels in plants

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