from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device or structure for transporting persons or things; a conveyance: a space vehicle.
  • n. A self-propelled conveyance that runs on tires; a motor vehicle.
  • n. A medium through which something is transmitted, expressed, or accomplished: His novels are a vehicle for his political views.
  • n. The concrete or specific word or phrase that is applied to the tenor of a metaphor and gives the metaphor its figurative power, as walking shadow in "Life's but a walking shadow” ( Shakespeare).
  • n. A play, role, or piece of music used to display the special talents of one performer or company.
  • n. A substance of no therapeutic value used to convey an active medicine for administration.
  • n. A substance, such as oil, in which paint pigments are mixed for application.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conveyance; a device for carrying or transporting substances, objects or individuals.
  • n. A medium for expression of talent or views.
  • n. A liquid content (e.g. oil) which acts as a binding and drying agent in paint. (FM 55-501).
  • n. An entity to achieve an end.
  • n. A yana.
  • n. An animal or (rarely) a plant on which a Hindu deity rides or sits

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That in or on which any person or thing is, or may be, carried, as a coach, carriage, wagon, cart, car, sleigh, bicycle, etc.; a means of conveyance; specifically, a means of conveyance upon land.
  • n. That which is used as the instrument of conveyance or communication.
  • n. A substance in which medicine is taken.
  • n. Any liquid with which a pigment is applied, including whatever gum, wax, or glutinous or adhesive substance is combined with it.
  • n. A liquid used to spread sensitive salts upon glass and paper for use in photography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., a liquid used to carry sensitive salts for coating glass or paper for use in photography.
  • n. Any carriage moving on land, either on wheels or on runners; a conveyance.
  • n. That which is used as an instrument of conveyance, transmission, or communication.
  • n. Specifically— In pharmacy, a substance, usually fluid, possessing little or no medicinal action, used as a medium for the administration of active remedies; an excipient.
  • n. In painting, any liquid, whether water, as in water-color painting, or oil, as in oil-color painting, which is used to render colors, varnishes, etc., manageable and fit for use.
  • n. One of two enduements, the one more spiritual than the other, with which the soul is clothed, according to the Platonists. One corresponds to vital power, the other to spirit.
  • To convey in or apply or impart by means of a vehicle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a conveyance that transports people or objects
  • n. any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it
  • n. a medium for the expression or achievement of something
  • n. any inanimate object (as a towel or money or clothing or dishes or books or toys etc.) that can transmit infectious agents from one person to another


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin vehiculum, from vehere, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French véhicule, from Latin vehiculum ("a carriage, conveyance"), from vehere ("to carry").



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