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 for Weaker vessel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vessel \Ves"sel\, n. [OF. vessel, veissel, vaissel, vaissiel, F.
     vaisseau, fr. L. 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.
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              [They drank] out of these noble vessels. --Chaucer.
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     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.
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              [He] began to build a vessel of huge bulk. --Milton.
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     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.
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              He is a chosen vessel unto me.        --Acts ix. 15.
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              [The serpent] fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in
              To enter.                             --Milton.
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     4. (Anat.) Any tube or canal in which the blood or other
        fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as the
        arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc.
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     5. (Bot.) A continuous tube formed from superposed large
        cylindrical or prismatic cells (tracheae), which have lost
        their intervening partitions, and are usually marked with
        dots, pits, rings, or spirals by internal deposition of
        secondary membranes; a duct.
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     Acoustic vessels. See under Acoustic.
     Weaker vessel, a woman; -- now applied humorously. "Giving
        honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel." --1 Peter
        iii. 7. "You are the weaker vessel." --Shak.
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