[vee-i-kuhl or, sometimes, vee-hi-]
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.
a conveyance moving on wheels, runners, tracks, or the like, as a cart, sled, automobile, or tractor.
a means of transmission or passage: Air is the vehicle of sound.
a carrier, as of infection.
a medium of communication, expression, or display: The novel is a fitting vehicle for his talents. language is the vehicle of thought.
Theater, Movies. a play, screenplay, or the like, having a role suited to the talents of and often written for a specific performer.
a means of accomplishing a purpose: College is a vehicle for success.
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 ).
Pharmacology. a substance, usually fluid, possessing little or no medicinal action, used as a medium for active remedies.
Painting. a liquid, as oil, in which a pigment is mixed before being applied to a surface.

1605–15; < Latin vehiculum, equivalent to veh(ere) to convey + -i- -i- + -culum -cle2

Because the primary stress in vehicle is on the first syllable, the [h] in the second syllable tends to disappear: [vee-i-kuhl]. A pronunciation with primary stress on the second syllable and a fully pronounced [h] is usually considered nonstandard: [vee-hik-uhl]. In the adjective vehicular, where the primary stress is normally on the second syllable, the [h] is always pronounced. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
vehicle (ˈviːɪkəl)
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
[C17: from Latin vehiculum, from vehere to carry]

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Word Origin & History

1612, "a medium through which a drug or medicine is administered," 1615 in the sense of "any means of conveying or transmitting," from Fr. véhicule, from L. vehiculum "means of transport, a vehicle," from vehere "to carry," from PIE *wegh- "to go, transport in a vehicle" (cf. O.E. wegan "to carry;"
O.N. vegr, O.H.G. weg "way;" M.Du. wagen "wagon;" see wagon). Sense of "cart or other conveyance" first recorded 1656.
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Medical Dictionary

vehicle ve·hi·cle (vē'ĭ-kəl)
A substance of no therapeutic value that is used to convey an active medicine for administration.

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Example sentences
We pull into a lot and are surprised that many vehicles are already here.
All vehicles should be got out of hearing of the enemy before the troops move,
  and then move off quietly.
The vehicles employed to transmit these happy influences are no other than
Armored police vehicles come flying around corners toward taunting students,
  who pelt them with rocks.
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