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noun British English pronunciation: vein /veɪn/ 
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pluralveins
  1. 3
    [singular] a supply or amount of a particular thing
    vein of:

    There was a vein of humour in his remarks.

    a rich vein (=a large supply or amount):

    He certainly has a rich vein of talent.

  2. 4
    [singular] a particular mood, style, or subject

    He continued in this vein for a couple of minutes.

    in the same vein:

    Her second novel is a thriller, very much in the same vein as the first.

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