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    Cool vessel and ship

    hello everybody,

    Is there any difference in meaning beween these two words: VESSEL and SHIP?


    thank you in advance,
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    Re: vessel and ship

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    vessel (SHIP)
    noun [C] FORMAL
    a large boat or a ship:
    a cargo/fishing/naval/patrol/sailing/supply vessel

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    vessel
    formal : a ship or large boat
    ▪ a fishing/sailing vessel

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    ship (BOAT)
    noun [C]
    a large boat for travelling on water, especially across the sea:
    a sailing ship
    a merchant/naval ship
    They boarded (= went on to) a ship that was sailing (= leaving) the next day.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ship
    a large boat used for traveling long distances over the sea [count]
    ▪ a sailing/cruise/merchant ship
    ▪ the captain of the ship [noncount]
    ▪ He will travel by ship.

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    #3

    Re: vessel and ship

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hello everybody,

    Is there any difference in meaning beween these two words: VESSEL and SHIP?


    thank you in advance,
    Madox
    Vessel = (as in French vaisseau) is a general term for all craft capable of floating on water larger than a rowing boat, such as ships.

    While

    Ship = (as in old English) A ship is a large, sea-going watercraft, sometimes with multiple decks. A ship usually has sufficient size to carry its own boats, such as lifeboats, dinghies, or runabouts. A rule of thumb saying (though it doesn't always apply) goes: "a boat can fit on a ship, but a ship can't fit on a boat". Often local law and regulation will define the exact size (or the number of masts) which a boat requires to become a ship. (Note that one refers to submarines as "boats").

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    #4

    Re: vessel and ship

    Even more generally, a vessel is any large container, while a ship is any large boat.

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    Re: vessel and ship

    My dictionary(Websters) says that a vessel is a container which can hold liquids. In other words, a boat, ship, bowl, glass, a pot are all vessels.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: vessel and ship

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    My dictionary(Websters) says that a vessel is a container which can hold liquids. In other words, a boat, ship, bowl, glass, a pot are all vessels.

    I am not a teacher.
    That makes good sense: vaisseau ends in eau, water, and so it looks like the term comes from L. vasum, jug or cup, + water.

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    #7

    Re: vessel and ship

    I seem to remember a prayer in a Christian prayerbook which says something like "Lord, make me a vessel for your love and understanding."

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    Re: vessel and ship

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I seem to remember a prayer in a Christian prayerbook which says something like "Lord, make me a vessel for your love and understanding."
    That is 'vessel' in the sense of 'conduit', as in a blood vessel. (I think)

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    Re: vessel and ship

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That is 'vessel' in the sense of 'conduit', as in a blood vessel. (I think)

    To me it means "let my body, my life be filled with your love and understanding" However, if you look at it as a conduit, then it could mean that you are furthering that love and understanding.

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