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  Dictionary Definition of veins

1. one of the system of branching vessels or tubes conveying blood from various parts of the body to the heart.
2. (loosely) any blood vessel.
3. one of the tubular, riblike thickenings that ramify in an insect's wing.
4. one of the strands or bundles of vascular tissue forming the principal framework of a leaf.
5. any body or stratum of ore, coal, etc., clearly separated or defined.
6. a body or mass of igneous rock, deposited mineral, or the like, occupying a crevice or fissure in rock; a lode.
7. a small natural channel or watercourse under the surface of the earth.
8. the water running through it.
9. a streak or marking, as of a different shade or colour, running through marble, wood, etc.
10. mood; temper; disposition.
11. a strain or quality traceable in character or conduct, writing, etc.: a vein of stubbornness, to write in a poetic vein.
-- verb (t)
12. to furnish with veins.
13. to mark with lines or streaks suggesting veins.
14. to extend over or through (something) in the manner of veins.
[ME veine, from OF, from L vena ]
-- veined, adjective -- veinless, adjective -- veinlike, adjective