See also: veîn

EnglishEdit

 
Veins of the arm (1)
 
Veins of a leaf (3)
 
Veins of a wing (4)
 
Veins within a rock (5.1)

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English veyne, borrowed from Anglo-Norman veine, from Latin vēna (a blood-vessel; vein; artery) of uncertain origin. See vēna for more. Displaced native edre, from ǣdre (whence edder).

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NounEdit

vein (plural veins)

  1. (anatomy) A blood vessel that transports blood from the capillaries back to the heart.
  2. (in the plural) The entrails of a shrimp.
  3. (botany) In leaves, a thickened portion of the leaf containing the vascular bundle.
  4. (zoology) The nervure of an insect’s wing.
  5. A stripe or streak of a different colour or composition in materials such as wood, cheese, marble or other rocks.
    1. (geology) A sheetlike body of crystallized minerals within a rock.
  6. (figuratively) A topic of discussion; a train of association, thoughts, emotions, etc.
    in the same vein
    • 1712, Jonathan Swift, A Proposal For Correcting, Improving, and Ascertaining the English Tongue
      He [] is able to open new scenes, and discover a vein of true and noble thinking.
    • 2006, Matt Bellamy (lyrics and music), “Knights of Cydonia”, in Black Holes and Revelations, performed by Muse:
      Come ride with me
      Through the veins of history,
      I'll show you how God
      Falls asleep on the job
  7. (figuratively) A style, tendency, or quality.
    The play is in a satirical vein.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Truth
      certain discoursing wits which are of the same veins
    • 1645, Edmund Waller, The Battle Of The Summer Islands
      Invoke the Muses, and improve my vein.
  8. A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.

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TranslationsEdit

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VerbEdit

vein (third-person singular simple present veins, present participle veining, simple past and past participle veined)

  1. To mark with veins or a vein-like pattern.
    • 1853, Henry William Herbert, The Roman Traitor, Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson, Volume II, Chapter 18, p. 204,[1]
      [] as he ceased from that wild imprecation, a faint flash of lightning veined the remote horizon, and a low clap of thunder rumbled afar off, echoing among the hills []
    • 1920, Melville Davisson Post, The Sleuth of St. James’s Square, Chapter 14,[2]
      “We brought out our maps of the region and showed him the old routes and trails veining the whole of it. []

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EstonianEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Wein during the 19th century, ultimately from Latin vīnum. Doublet of viin.

NounEdit

vein (genitive veini, partitive veini)

  1. wine

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FinnishEdit

VerbEdit

vein

  1. first-person singular indicative past of viedä

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GalloEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French vin, from Latin vīnum, from Proto-Indo-European *wóyh₁nom.

NounEdit

vein m (plural veins)

  1. wine

IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from veina (to wail).

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NounEdit

vein n (genitive singular veins, nominative plural vein)

  1. wail, lament

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French vain, from Latin vānus (empty). The noun is derived from the adjective.

AdjectiveEdit

vein

  1. vain (worthless, useless)
  2. vain (futile, ineffectual)
  3. unfounded, false, misleading
  4. (of a person, the heart, the mind, etc.) foolish, gullible
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DescendantsEdit
  • English: vain
  • Scots: vane, vain, vaine

NounEdit

vein (uncountable)

  1. something that is worthless or futile
  2. idleness, triviality
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

vein (plural veines)

  1. Alternative form of veine (vein)

Etymology 3Edit

AdverbEdit

vein

  1. Alternative form of fain