vein [vein veins veined veining] BrE [veɪn]
NAmE [veɪn]
1. countable any of the tubes that carry blood from all parts of the body towards the heart
. the jugular vein
. The nurse was having trouble finding a vein in his arm.
compare artery
see also deep vein thrombosis, varicose vein
2. countable any of the very thin tubes that form the frame of a leaf or an insect's wing
3. countable a narrow strip of a different colour in some types of stone, wood and cheese
4. countable a thin layer of minerals or metal contained in rock
. a vein of gold
Syn: seam
5. singular ~ (of sth) an amount of a particular quality or feature in sth
. They had tapped a rich vein of information in his secretary.
. There was a vein of proverbial wisdom in what he said.
6. singular, uncountable a particular style or manner
. A number of other people commented in a similar vein.
. ‘And that's not all,’ he continued in angry vein.
. Other speakers tackled the same problem in a lighter vein.
Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French veine, from Latin vena. The earliest senses were ‘blood vessel’ and ‘small natural underground channel of water’.
Example Bank:
. Fortunately, the rest of the evening continued in a lighter vein.
. He felt the adrenalin coursing through his veins.
. She uses make-up to hide the thread veins in her cheeks.
. The philosopher Seneca opened his veins in his bath.
. The team have hit a rich vein of form recently.
. The veins stood out on her throat and temples.
. The writer tapped into a rich vein of humour in the play.
. There's a drop of Irish blood in her veins.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart
- all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood
Syn: vena, venous blood vessel
- he continued in this vein for several minutes
3. any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
Syn: nervure

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.(Anat.) 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.(Zool.) 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.
Let the glass of the prisms be free from veins.
6.A streak or wave of different color, appearing in wood, and in marble and other stones; variegation.
7.A train of associations, thoughts, emotions, or the like; a current; a course; as, reasoning in the same vein.
He can open a vein of true and noble thinking.
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.
Certain discoursing wits which are of the same veins.
Invoke the Muses, and improve my vein.
v. t.1.To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins.
[imp. & p. p. Veined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Veining.]

Medical Dictionary:

a blood vessel that carries blood to the heart.

Dream Dictionary:
To see your vein in your dream, signifies that you are shielded from slander. To dream that your veins are bleeding, foretells that you will experience great and inescapable sorrow. To dream that your veins are swollen, signifies your hastiness in placing trust.

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