(||Ves`per*til"i*o) n. [L., a bat.] (Zoöl.) A genus of bats including some of the common small
insectivorous species of North America and Europe.
(Ves`per*til`i*o"nes) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) A tribe of bats including the common insectivorous
bats of America and Europe, belonging to Vespertilio and allied genera. They lack a nose membrane.
(Ves`per*til`i*o"nine) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Vespertiliones.
(Ves"per*ti`nal) a. Vespertine. Lowell.
(Ves"per*tine) a. [L. vespertinus. See Vesper.]
1. Of or pertaining to the evening; happening or being in the evening. Gray.
2. (Bot.) Blossoming in the evening.
(Ves"pi*a*ry) n. [L. vespa a wasp.] A nest, or habitation, of insects of the wasp kind.
(Ves*pil"lo) n.; pl. Vespilloes [L.] (Rom. Antiq.) One who carried out the dead bodies of the
poor at night for burial.
Like vespilloes or grave makers.Sir T. Browne.
(Ves"sel), n. [OF. vessel, veissel, vaissel, vaissiel, F. vascellum, dim. of vasculum, dim. of
vas a vessel. Cf. Vascular, Vase.]
1. A hollow or concave utensil for holding anything; a hollow receptacle of any kind, as a hogshead, a
barrel, a firkin, a bottle, a kettle, a cup, a bowl, etc.
[They drank] out of these noble vessels.Chaucer.
2. A general name for any hollow structure made to float upon the water for purposes of navigation; especially,
one that is larger than a common rowboat; as, a war vessel; a passenger vessel.
[He] began to build a vessel of huge bulk.Milton.
3. Fig.: A person regarded as receiving or containing something; esp. (Script.), one into whom something
is conceived as poured, or in whom something is stored for use; as, vessels of wrath or mercy.
He is a chosen vessel unto me.Acts ix. 15.
[The serpent] fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in whomMilton.
4. (Anat.) Any tube or canal in which the blood or other fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as
the arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc.
5. (Bot.) A continuous tube formed from superposed large cylindrical or prismatic cells which have lost
their intervening partitions, and are usually marked with dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition
of secondary membranes; a duct.