vehicle

[vee-i-kuhl or, sometimes, vee-hi-]
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.

Origin:
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.
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vehicle (ˈviːɪkəl)
 
n
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]
 
vehicular
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

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

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