Definitions for: Vein

[n] one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
[n] a distinctive style or manner; "he continued in this vein for several minutes"
[n] a layer of ore between layers of rock
[n] one of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
[v] make a veinlike pattern

Webster (1913) Definition: Vein, n. [OE. veine, F. veine, L. vena.]
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

3. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

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.

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.

Vein, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Veined; p. pr. & vb. n.
To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins.

Synonyms: mineral vein, nervure, nervure, vena

See Also: accessory cephalic vein, accessory hemiazygos vein, accessory hemiazygous vein, accessory vertebral vein, accompanying vein, anastomotic vein, angular vein, anterior vertebral vein, appendicular vein, arcuate vein of the kidney, auricular vein, axillary vein, azygos vein, azygous vein, basal vein, basilic vein, basivertebral vein, blood vessel, bonanza, brachial vein, brachiocephalic vein, bronchial vein, cardinal vein, cardiovascular system, central vein of retina, central vein of suprarenal gland, central veins of liver, cephalic vein, cerebellar vein, cerebral vein, cervical vein, choroid vein, ciliary veins, circulatory system, circumflex vein, clitoral vein, colic vein, common facial vein, conjunctival veins, costoaxillary vein, cutaneous vein, cystic vein, deep cervical vein, digital vein, diploic vein, dorsal scapular vein, emissary vein, epigastric vein, esophageal veins, ethmoidal vein, expressive style, external nasal vein, facial vein, femoral vein, formation, gastric vein, gastroepiploic vein, gastroomental vein, genicular vein, geological formation, geology, gluteal vein, hemizygos vein, hemizygous vein, hemorrhoidal vein, hepatic vein, innominate vein, midrib, oesophageal veins, rectal vein, rib, rib, stain, style, vena anastomotica, vena angularis, vena appendicularis, vena arcuata renis, vena auricularis, vena axillaris, vena azygos, vena basalis, vena basilica, vena basivertebralis, vena brachialis, vena brachiocephalica, vena bronchialis, vena centrales retinae, vena centralis glandulae suprarenalis, vena cephalica, vena cephalica accessoria, vena cerebellum, vena cerebri, vena cervicalis profunda, vena choroidea, vena circumflexa, vena clitoridis, vena colica, vena comitans, vena cutanea, vena cystica, vena digitalis, vena diploica, vena emissaria, vena ethmoidalis, vena facialis, vena femoralis, vena gastrica, vena gastroomentalis, vena genus, vena gluteus, vena hemiazygos accessoria, vena hemizygos, vena hepatica, vena nasalis externa, vena rectalis, vena scapularis dorsalis, vena vertebralis accessoria, vena vertebralis anterior, venae centrales hepatis, venae ciliares, venae conjunctivales, venae esophageae

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