vehicle


vehicle

noun

  1. any means in or by which someone travels or something is carried or conveyed; a means of conveyance or transport: a motor vehicle; space vehicles.
  2. a conveyance moving on wheels, runners, tracks, or the like, as a cart, sled, automobile, or tractor.
  3. a means of transmission or passage: Air is the vehicle of sound.
  4. a carrier, as of infection.
  5. a medium of communication, expression, or display: The novel is a fitting vehicle for his talents. Language is the vehicle of thought.
  6. Theater, Movies. a play, screenplay, or the like, having a role suited to the talents of and often written for a specific performer.
  7. a means of accomplishing a purpose: College is a vehicle for success.
  8. Rhetoric. the thing or idea to which the subject of a metaphor is compared, as “rose” in “she is a rose.”Compare tenor(def 3).
  9. Pharmacology. a substance, usually fluid, possessing little or no medicinal action, used as a medium for active remedies.
  10. Painting. a liquid, as oil, in which a pigment is mixed before being applied to a surface.

noun

  1. any conveyance in or by which people or objects are transported, esp one fitted with wheels
  2. a medium for the expression, communication, or achievement of ideas, information, power, etc
  3. pharmacol a therapeutically inactive substance mixed with the active ingredient to give bulk to a medicine
  4. Also called: base a painting medium, such as oil, in which pigments are suspended
  5. (in the performing arts) a play, musical composition, etc, that enables a particular performer to display his talents
  6. a rocket excluding its payload
n.

1610s, “a medium through which a drug or medicine is administered,” also “any means of conveying or transmitting,” from French véhicule, from Latin vehiculum “means of transport, a vehicle,” from vehere “to carry,” from PIE *wegh- “to go, transport in a vehicle” (cf. Old English wegan “to carry;” Old Norse vegr, Old High German weg “way;” Middle Dutch wagen “wagon;” see wagon). Sense of “cart or other conveyance” first recorded 1650s.

n.

  1. A substance of no therapeutic value that is used to convey an active medicine for administration.

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