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Meaning of vehicle by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • IPA: /viːəkl/


    vehicle ( plural: vehicles )

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


    • ( Hinduism ): vahan


    • See also Wikisaurus:vehicle

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    • vehicle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • vehicle in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • vehicle at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of vehicle by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a conveyance that transports people or objects

    2. a medium for the expression or achievement of something

    3. his editorials provided a vehicle for his political views
      a congregation is a vehicle of group identity
      the play was just a vehicle to display her talents
    4. 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

    5. any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it

    Definition of vehicle by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Vehicle n. [L. vehiculum, fr. vehere to carry; akin to E. way, wain. See Way, n., and cf. Convex, Inveigh, Veil, Vex.]

      1. 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.

      2. That which is used as the instrument of conveyance or communication; as, “matter is the vehicle of energy”.

      A simple style forms the best vehicle of thought to a popular assembly. Wirt.

      3. ( Pharm. ) A substance in which medicine is taken.

      4. ( Paint. ) Any liquid with which a pigment is applied, including whatever gum, wax, or glutinous or adhesive substance is combined with it.

      ☞ Water is used in fresco and in water-color painting, the colors being consolidated with gum arabic; size is used in distemper painting. In oil painting, the fixed oils of linseed, nut, and poppy, are used; in encaustic, wax is the vehicle. Fairholt.

      5. ( Chem. ) A liquid used to spread sensitive salts upon glass and paper for use in photography.