I. noun Etymology: Middle English veine, from Anglo-French, from Latin vena Date: 14th century 1. a. a narrow water channel in rock or earth or in ice b. (1) lode 2 (2) a bed of useful mineral matter c. lode 3 2. blood vessel; especially any of the tubular branching vessels that carry blood from the capillaries toward the heart 3. a. any of the vascular bundles forming the framework of a leaf b. any of the thickened cuticular ribs that serve to stiffen the wings of an insect 4. something suggesting veins (as in reticulation); specifically a wavy variegation (as in marble) 5. a. a distinctive mode of expression ; style <
stories in a romantic vein
b. a distinctive element or quality ; strain <
introduced a welcome vein of humor
c. a line of thought or action <
renewed discussion along the same vein
6. a. a special aptitude <
inherited an artistic vein
b. a usually transitory and casually attained mood c. top form <
thou troublest me; I am not in the vein — Shakespeare
veinal adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1502 to pattern with or as if with veins

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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