• WordNet 3.6
    • v vein make a veinlike pattern
    • n vein one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
    • n vein a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"
    • n vein a distinctive style or manner "he continued in this vein for several minutes"
    • n vein a layer of ore between layers of rock
    • n vein any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Laid end-to-end, the arteries, capillaries and veins would stretch for about 60,000 miles in the average child and would be about 100,000 miles in an adult - enough to wrap around the world nearly four times.
    • Vein A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance. "Down to the veins of earth.""Let the glass of the prisms be free from veins ."
    • Vein (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.
    • Vein A streak or wave of different color, appearing in wood, and in marble and other stones; variegation.
    • Vein 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."
    • Vein (Zoöl) One of the ribs or nervures of the wings of insects. See Venation.
    • Vein (Bot) One of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf.
    • Vein (Anat) One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See Artery, 2.
    • Vein 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 Vein To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: You have enough red blood cells in your body to circle (the veins) the planet 2.5 times.
    • n vein In anatomy, one of a set of blood-vessels conveying blood from the periphery to the physiological center of the circulation; one of a set of membranous canals or tubes distributed in nearly all the tissues and organs of the body, for the purpose of carrying blood from these parts to the heart. The walls of the veins are thinner, as a rule, and more flaccid, than those of the arteries; they are composed of three layers or coats—the outer or fibrous; the middle, made up chiefly of sparse muscular fibers; and the inner or serous. The inner or lining membrane, especially in the veins of the lower extremities, presents numerous crescentic folds, usually in man occurring in pairs, known as the valves of the veins, which serve to prevent a backward flow of the blood. The nutrition of the walls is provided for by the vasa vasorum. The nerves supplying the walls of the veins are few in number. There are two systems of veins—the systemic, or those carrying venous blood from the tissues of the body to the right auricle of the heart: and the pulmonary, or those carrying the oxygenated blood from the lungs to the left auricle of the heart. The portal system is a subdivision of the systemic, in which blood coming from the digestive organs is conducted to the liver by the portal vein, circulates throughout this organ, is again collected in the hepatic veins, and is thence carried to the right auricle of the heart. The veins of the portal system have no valves. The blood in the systemic veins is dark-red in color, and flows in a continuous stream. The umbilical veins of the fetus, like the pulmonary veins, convey oxygenated or arterial blood. As a general rule, the corresponding veins and arteries run side by side, and are called by the same names. In fishes and other low vertebrates which breathe by gills, the veins from these organs correspond in function, but not morphologically, with pulmonary veins. There is a reniportal system of veins in some animals, as Amphibia and reptiles, by which the kidneys receive blood from veins as well as by renal arteries. See phrases below, and vena. See also cuts under circulation, heart, liver, lung, median, and thorax.
    • n vein Loosely, any blood-vessel. Many of the veins being superficial or subcutaneous, liable to ordinary observation, and when swollen or congested very conspicuous, the name is popularized, and extended to the arteries, while artery remains chieliy a technical term.
    • n vein In entomology, one of the ribs or horny tubes which form the frame work of the wings of an insect, and between which the thin membrane of the wings is spread and supported; a nervure. Veins result from certain thickenings of the upper and under surfaces of the sac which primarily composes the wing, these thickenings being exactly coapted, and often hollowed or channeled for the reception of air-tubes—which enables the wings to subserve to some extent the functions of lungs. The primary veins give out veinlets or nervnles. The venation of the wings differs much in different insects, but is sufficiently constant in each case to afford valuable classificatory characters. See cuts under Chrysopa, Cirrophanus, nervure, and venation.
    • n vein In botany, a fibrovascular bundle at or near the surface of a leaf, sepal, petal, etc.: same as nerve, 7. See nervation.
    • n vein In mining, an occurrence of ore. usually disseminated through a gangue or veinstone, and having a more or less regular development in length, width, and depth. A fissure-vein, or true vein, is a vein in which the ore and veinstone occupy a preëxisting flssure or crack in the rocks, which has been formed by some deep-seated cause or crust-movement, and may therefore be presumed to extend downward indefinitely, and for the same reason is likely to have considerable development in length. True veins usually have well-defined walls, on which there is more or less flucan or gouge, and which are often striated or polished, giving rise to what miners call slickensides. True veins often have the ore and veinstone arranged in parallel plates or layers, called combs. Experience shows that true veins are more to be depended on for permanence in depth than other more irregular deposits, although the latter are often highly productive for a time. A vein and a lode are, in common usage, essentially the same thing, the former being rather the scientific, the latter the miner's, name for it. The term deposit, when used by itself, means an irregular occurrence of ore, such as a flat-mass, stock, contact deposit, carbona, and the like; but when to deposits the term ore or metalliferous is prefixed (ore-deposits, metalliferous deposits), the designation becomes the most general one possible, including every form of occurrence of the metalliferous ores, and having the same meaning as the French gites métallifères and the German Erzlagerstätten. A bed of rock forming a member of a stratified formation, with which it was synchronously deposited, cannot properly be called a vein or lode, even if it has metalliferous matter generally disseminated through it in quantity sufficient to be worth working, as is the case with the cupriferous slate (Kupferschiefer) of Mansfeld in Prussia, or when it is concentrated in pipes or pipe-like masses, occurring here and there in the stratum, as in the silver-lead mines of Eureka in Nevada. (See ore-deposit.) Further— for forms of ore-deposits which are not true veins, but which are designated by the name vein, see gash-vein, segregated vein (also segregation), pipe-vein; for forms qualified, according to general usage, by the name deposit (which also see), and which are still further removed from the class of true veins than those previously noted, see contact deposit (under contact), blanket-deposit; for other still more irregular forms of ore-deposit, which have special names, and which, while not themselves properly designated as veins, are frequently more or less closely connected with true veins, occurring in close proximity, and forming a kind of appendage, to them, see flat, 10. pipe, 16, carbona, impregnation, 4; and for German mining terms applied to various irregular forms of ore-deposit, not true veins, which terms are often used by scientific writers in English in describing mining regions or in discussing the general mode of occurrence of the metalliferous ores, see stock, 32, stackwork, fahlband. See also lode, 3, leader, 5 ; also rake-vein, a term applied in Derbyshire, England, to true veins to distinguish them from the flats and pipe-veins with which they are closely connected.
    • n vein A cavity, fissure, or cleft, as in the earth or other substance.
    • n vein A streak, stripe, or marking, of different color or shade, as in natural marble or wood cut so as to show the grain, or glass in which different colors have been melted irregularly. The term is applied either to a long and nearly regular stripe, or to a much broken and contorted one, returning upon itself. Also called veining.
    • n vein A streak; a part of anything marked off from the rest by some distinctive character; hence, a distinct property or characteristic considered as running through or being intermingled with others; a continued strain.
    • n vein Manner of speech or action; particular style, character, disposition, or cast of mind.
    • n vein Particular mood, temper, humor, or disposition for the time being.
    • vein To fill or furnish with veins; cover with veins; streak or variegate with or as with veins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.
    • n Vein vān one of the vessels or tubes which convey the blood back to the heart: one of the horny tubes forming the framework of an insect's wings:
    • v.t Vein to form veins or the appearance of veins in
    • n Vein vān (bot.) one of the small branching ribs in a leaf: a seam of a different mineral through a rock: a fissure or cavity: a streak in wood or stone: a train of thought: a course: tendency or turn of mind: mood or humour
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  • Horace Bushnell
    Horace Bushnell
    “Habits are to the soul what the veins and arteries are to the blood, the courses in which it moves.”
  • Thomas Traherne
    “You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.”
  • Jean Racine
    Jean Racine
    “It's no longer a warmth hidden in my veins: it's Venus entire and whole fastening on her prey.”
  • Rebecca West
    “All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “We all have the republican spirit in our veins, like syphilis in our bones. We are democratized and venerealized.”


In that vein - If you do something in that (or this) vein, you do it in the same distinctive manner or style.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. veine, F. veine, L. vena,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. veine—L. vena, perh. from vehĕre, to carry.


In literature:

Air bubbles, when injected into a vein, frequently cause immediate death.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
As for Saxham, a delicate, stinging fire ran newly in his veins.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
You might follow the veining of a leaf, for example, and work from vein to vein.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
A terrible madness surged through all his veins.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
There are three main points of difference between arteries and veins.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
W'en she got mad she'd freeze the blood in yore veins.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
All the strong virile blood rushed through his veins, and he only made a feeble fight to subdue it.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The veins probably come together farther on.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
Whether there be any Signs of the depth of the Vein beneath the surface of the Earth; and what they are?
"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666" by Various
The School Tyrants are plotting to inject filthy vaccine into their innocent veins.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill

In poetry:

'Tis sad indeed to cry at pain,
For any but a baby;
If that should chance to cut a vein,
We should not wonder, may be.
"The Cut" by Ann Taylor
We know we've sight within our eyes,
And blood within our veins
But who can see ideas rise
Within our hearts or brains?
"Extract From - Infidelity Its Own Punishment And Fidelity Its Own Happiness" by Joseph Hodgson
The new-blown flower did not droop,
The leaf was green and fair,
Vigour and life were in its veins,
As if it flourish'd there.
"The Vine-Branch" by Caroline Fry
By the drunkard's woes and pains:
By our brethren still in chains;
While the life-blood fills their veins,
Say they shall be free!
"Address To Washingtonians" by John Pierpont
In exile where the wicked reign,
Our courage and our pride expired,
But e'en today each throbbing vein
With Asmonean blood is fired.
"Chanukah Thoughts" by Morris Rosenfeld
And now she walks alone our girl,
Aloof from all life’s joys and pains;
The witch’s kiss is on her brow,
The dancing water in her veins.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

Palecek features hand-formed leaves with vein detail.
This is often observed in the veins of the legs.
Jackrabbit homesteads are only for folks who have a bit of pioneering blood in their veins.
Jackrabbit homesteads are only for folks who have a bit of pioneering blood in their veins.
In the vein of 'Rocky Horror': 'That's the dream,' she says.
It would be guided from a vein in a patient's leg to the patient's heart.
Jon Hopkins Light Through the Veins Insides.
Most people have blood flowing through their veins.
Shrimp de-veined (do not remover shells).
Teens' love for music courses through their veins.
Content Provided By Vein Clinics Northwest.
Drain the Vein is a Halloween campaign, and the local blood center needs a larger blood supply in the area.
Hayden remains hospitalized in "stable, yet critical" condition after tearing a vein in a collision with a teammate during practice.
HOUSTON — — A University of Houston defensive back has checked out of the hospital, six days after taking a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds the heart.
The Vein and Laser Clinic.

In science:

Nevertheless, it is actually of the same vein.
Some recent applications of the barycenter method in geometry
In this vein, let us define the mass of a matter system in de Sitter space to be the radius of the particular Schwarzschild-de Sitter black hole that leads to the same value of the cosmological horizon area.
Adventures in de Sitter space
In a similar vein, the neutralino-nucleon cross sections are not necessarily in one-to-one correspondence with dark matter detection rates.
Supersymmetry and the Linear Collider
The condition relates well to principal differential ideals and perhaps the positive results in this paper about polynomial rings and height one prime ideals should be viewed in this vein.
Constants of Differentiation and Differential Ideals
Although Tukey’s discussion turned to other topics at that point, we may, if we like, imagine that it had continued in this vein.
Higher criticism for detecting sparse heterogeneous mixtures