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
Latin vehiculum, from vehere, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French véhicule, from Latin vehiculum ("a carriage, conveyance"), from vehere ("to carry"). (Wiktionary)