Vehicle meaning

vēĭ-kəl
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The definition of a vehicle is a type of transportation or a way that something is conveyed.

An example of vehicle is a bus.

An example of vehicle is the Internet as a means of communication.

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In a metaphor, that word or term whose usual, literal meaning is applied in a figurative, nonliteral way to the tenor.

In “all the world's a stage”, “world” is the tenor and “stage” is the vehicle.

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A play, film, etc. thought of as a means of communication or as a means of presenting a specified actor or company.
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(painting) A liquid, as water or oil, with which pigments are mixed for use.
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(pharmacy) A substance, as a syrup, in which medicines are given.
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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.
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A means by which thoughts are expressed or made known.

Music as the vehicle for one's ideas.

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A medium through which something is transmitted, expressed, or accomplished.

His novels are a vehicle for his political views.

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A substance, such as oil, in which paint pigments are mixed for application.
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Any device or contrivance for carrying or conveying persons or objects, esp. over land or in space, as an automobile, bicycle, sled, or spacecraft.
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An inactive substance that is combined with an active medication to facilitate administration.
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A liquid content (e.g. oil) which acts as a binding and drying agent in paint. (FM 55-501).
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An entity to achieve an end.
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(Buddhism) A mode or method of spiritual practice; a yana.
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(Hinduism) An animal or (rarely) a plant on which a Hindu deity rides or sits.
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A play, role, or piece of music used to display the special talents of one performer or company.
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An inactive substance that is combined with an active medication to facilitate administration.
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Origin of vehicle

  • Latin vehiculum from vehere to carry wegh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary