Vein vs Decline - What's the difference?

vein | decline |

As a noun vein

is .

As a verb decline is


As an adjective decline is




(wikipedia vein)


(en noun)
  • (anatomy) A blood vessel that transports blood from the capillaries back to the heart
  • (used in plural veins ) The entrails of a shrimp
  • (botany) In leaves, a thickened portion of the leaf containing the vascular bundle
  • (zoology) The nervure of an insect’s wing
  • A stripe or streak of a different colour or composition in materials such as wood, cheese, marble or other rocks
  • A topic of discussion; a train of association, thoughts, emotions, etc.
  • the same vein ...
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • He can open a vein of true and noble thinking.
  • A style, tendency, or quality.
  • The play is in a satirical vein .
  • * Francis Bacon
  • certain discoursing wits which are of the same veins
  • * Waller
  • Invoke the Muses, and improve my vein .
  • A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.
  • * Milton
  • down to the veins of earth
  • * Isaac Newton
  • Let the glass of the prisms be free from veins .

    See also

    * artery * blood vessel * capillary * circulatory system * phlebitis * vena cava




    (en noun)
  • Downward movement, fall.(rfex)
  • A sloping downward, e.g. of a hill or road.(rfex)
  • (senseid)A weakening.(rfex)
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Philip E. Mirowski , title=Harms to Health from the Pursuit of Profits , volume=100, issue=1, page=87 , magazine= citation , passage=In an era when political leaders promise deliverance from decline through America’s purported preeminence in scientific research, the news that science is in deep trouble in the United States has been as unwelcome as a diagnosis of leukemia following the loss of health insurance.}}
  • A reduction or diminution of activity.
  • *
  • It is also pertinent to note that the current obvious decline in work on holarctic hepatics most surely reflects a current obsession with cataloging and with nomenclature of the organisms—as divorced from their study as living entities.


    * incline


  • To move downwards, to fall, to drop.
  • To become weaker or worse.
  • To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
  • * Thomson
  • in melancholy deep, with head declined
  • * Spenser
  • And now fair Phoebus gan decline in haste / His weary wagon to the western vale.
  • To cause to decrease or diminish.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • You have declined his means.
  • * Burton
  • He knoweth his error, but will not seek to decline it.
  • To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw.
  • a line that declines from straightness
    conduct that declines from sound morals
  • * Bible, Psalms cxix. 157
  • Yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
  • To refuse, forbear.
  • * Massinger
  • Could I decline this dreadful hour?
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.}}
  • To inflect for case, number and sometimes gender.
  • * Ascham
  • after the first declining of a noun and a verb
  • (by extension) To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (American football) To reject a penalty against the opposing team, usually because the result of accepting it would benefit the non-penalized team less than the preceding play.
  • The team chose to decline the fifteen-yard penalty because their receiver had caught the ball for a thirty-yard gain.

    Derived terms

    * declension * declination