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ve·hi·cle

 (vē′ĭ-kəl)
n.
1.
a. A device or structure for transporting persons or things; a conveyance: a space vehicle.
b. A self-propelled conveyance that runs on tires; a motor vehicle.
2. A medium through which something is transmitted, expressed, or accomplished: His novels are a vehicle for his political views.
3. 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 "Life's but a walking shadow" (Shakespeare).
4. A play, role, or piece of music used to display the special talents of one performer or company.
5. An inactive substance that is combined with an active medication to facilitate administration.
6. A substance, such as oil, in which paint pigments are mixed for application.

[Latin vehiculum, from vehere, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

vehicle

(ˈviːɪkəl)
n
1. (Automotive Engineering) 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. (Pharmacology) pharmacol a therapeutically inactive substance mixed with the active ingredient to give bulk to a medicine
4. (Art Terms) Also called: base a painting medium, such as oil, in which pigments are suspended
5. (Theatre) (in the performing arts) a play, musical composition, etc, that enables a particular performer to display his talents
6. (Astronautics) a rocket excluding its payload
[C17: from Latin vehiculum, from vehere to carry]
vehicular adj

ve•hi•cle

(ˈvi ɪ kəl or, sometimes, ˈvi hɪ-)

n.
1. any means in or by which someone or something is carried or conveyed: a motor vehicle.
2. a conveyance moving on wheels, runners, or the like, as an automobile.
3. a means of transmission or passage: Air is the vehicle of sound.
4. a medium of communication, expression, or display: Language is the vehicle of thought.
5. a play, screenplay, or other work with a role designed or especially well-suited to display the talents of a particular performer.
6. a chemically inert substance used as a medium for active remedies.
7. a liquid, as oil, in which a paint pigment is mixed before being applied to a surface.
[1605–15; < Latin vehiculum=veh(ere) to convey + -i- -i- + -culum -cle2]

vehicle

A self-propelled, boosted, or towed conveyance for transporting a burden on land or sea or through air or space. See also air cushion vehicle; amphibious vehicle; combat vehicle; commercial vehicle; ground effect machine; remotely piloted vehicle; special-equipment vehicle; special-purpose vehicle; substitute transport-type vehicle; transport vehicle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vehicle - a conveyance that transports people or objectsvehicle - a conveyance that transports people or objects
bumper car, Dodgem - a small low-powered electrically powered vehicle driven on a special platform where there are many others to be dodged
transport, conveyance - something that serves as a means of transportation
craft - a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
military vehicle - vehicle used by the armed forces
rocket, projectile - any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
skibob - a vehicle resembling a bicycle but having skis instead of wheels; the rider wears short skis for balancing
sled, sledge, sleigh - a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow
dashboard, splashboard, splasher - protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.
road roller, steamroller - vehicle equipped with heavy wide smooth rollers for compacting roads and pavements
wheeled vehicle - a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people; "the oldest known wheeled vehicles were found in Sumer and Syria and date from around 3500 BC"
2.vehicle - a medium for the expression or achievement of something; "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"
medium - a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
3.vehicle - any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
4.vehicle - 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
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"

vehicle

noun
1. conveyance, machine, motor vehicle, means of transport a vehicle which was somewhere between a tractor and a truck
2. medium, means, channel, mechanism, organ, apparatus, means of expression Her art became a vehicle for her political beliefs.
Related words
fear ochophobia
see aircraft, bicycles, boats and ships, carriages and carts

Types of vehicle

aircraft, ambulance, articulated lorry or (informal) artic, autocycle, autorickshaw, barrow, bicycle or (informal) bike, Black Maria, boat, bulldozer, bus, cab, cabriolet, camion, camper (U.S. & Canad.), camper van, car, caravan, carriage, Caterpillar (trademark), chaise, charabanc (Brit.), chariot, coach, combine harvester, Conestoga wagon (U.S. & Canad.), coupé, cycle, delivery van or (U.S. & Canad.) panel truck, Dormobile (trademark), double-decker (chiefly Brit.), dray, dump truck or dumper-truck, dustcart or (U.S. & Canad.) garbage truck, estate car, fire engine, fork-lift truck, gritter (Brit.), hansom or hansom cab, hatchback or hatch, hog (informal), jaunting car or jaunty car, JCB (trademark), Jeep (trademark), jet ski, jinricksha, jinrickshaw, jinrikisha or jinriksha, jitney (U.S., rare), kart, go-cart, or go-kart, kibitka, komatik, koneke (N.Z.), landaulet or landaulette, light engine or (U.S.) wildcat, limousine, litter, locomotive, lorry, low-loader, luge, milk float, minibus, moped, motorbicycle, motorbike, motorbus, motorcar, motor caravan, motorcycle, motor scooter, motor vehicle, off-road vehicle, omnibus, panda car (Brit.), pantechnicon (Brit.), pick-up (Austral. & N.Z.) utility truck, or (informal) ute, police car, postbus, post chaise, pram, racing car, railcar, ratha, rickshaw, roadroller, road train (Austral.), rocket, scooter, scout car, shandrydan, ship, single-decker (Brit.), skibob, sledge or (especially U.S. & Canad.) sled, sleigh, Sno-Cat (trademark), snowmobile, snow plough, space capsule, spacecraft, space probe, spaceship, space shuttle, sports car, stagecoach, steamroller, sulky, tandem, tank, tank engine or locomotive, tanker, tarantass, taxi, telega, three-wheeler, tipper truck or lorry, toboggan, tonga, tourer or (especially U.S.) touring car, traction engine, tractor, trail bike, trailer, train, tram, tramcar, or (U.S. & Canad.) streetcar or trolley car, travois, tricycle, troika, trolley, trolleybus, troop carrier, truck, tumbrel or tumbril, unicycle, van, wagon or waggon, wagonette or waggonette, wheelbarrow
Translations
سَيَّارَةمَرْكَبَه، عَرَبَه
vozidlo
køretøj
ajoneuvoliuotin
vozilo
jármű
farartæki
乗り物
차량
transporto priemonė
transporta līdzeklis
vozidlo
vozilo
fordon
ยานพาหนะ
xe cộ

vehicle

[ˈviːɪkl] N
1. (= form of transport) → vehículo m
2. (fig) (= means) → vehículo m, medio m, instrumento m (for para) the programme was a vehicle for promoting himselfel programa era un vehículo or medio or instrumento para promocionarse
they see the new constitution as a vehicle for changeven la nueva constitución como un instrumento de cambio

vehicle

[ˈviːɪkəl]
n
(= means of transport) → véhicule m
(= medium) → véhicule m
a vehicle for sth → le véhicule de qch
modif [crime] → lié(e) aux véhicules; [licensing, registration] → des véhicules vehicle emissionsvehicle emissions nplémissions fpl des véhicules à moteur

vehicle

nFahrzeug nt; (Pharm) → Vehikel nt, → Trägersubstanz f; (Art) → Lösungsmittel nt; (fig: = medium) → Mittel nt, → Vehikel nt (geh); this paper is a vehicle of right-wing opinionsdiese Zeitung ist ein Sprachrohr ntder Rechten; language is the vehicle of thoughtdie Sprache ist das Medium des Denkens

vehicle

[ˈviːɪkl] nveicolo (fig) → mezzo

vehicle

(ˈviəkl) noun
any means of transport on land, especially on wheels, eg a car, bus, bicycle etc.

vehicle

سَيَّارَة vozidlo køretøj Fahrzeug όχημα vehículo ajoneuvo véhicule vozilo veicolo 乗り物 차량 voertuig kjøretøy pojazd veículo транспортное средство fordon ยานพาหนะ araç xe cộ 车辆

ve·hi·cle

n. vehículo.
1. sustancia sin acción terapéutica que acompaña a un agente activo en una preparación medicinal;
2. agente de transmisión.

vehicle

n vehículo; (pharm) excipiente m
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So busy was she with her card full of refractory figures that she did not observe a newcomer, who entered without stopping the vehicle, till a masculine voice said, "Good morning, Miss March," and, looking up, she beheld one of Laurie's most elegant college friends.
Hardy, the vehicle merchant of Winesburg, like thousands of other men of his times, was an enthu- siast on the subject of education.
The young fellow below got into the vehicle and started the horse off at a gallop.
As every vehicle and each beast of burden was occupied by the sick and wounded, Cora had decided to endure the fatigues of a foot march, rather than interfere with their comforts.
She rewarded her cavalier with a smile, the cheery glow of which was seen reflected on his own face as he reentered the vehicle.
Borne on such queer vehicle of fame, a knowledge of my existence, so far as a name conveys it, was carried where it had never been before, and, I hope, will never go again.
In this state of mind I spent the long hours of bumping, swinging coach that carried me to the stopping place at which I was to be met by a vehicle from the house.
The latter was the eternal, living principle or soul in him; and in sleep, being for the time dissociated from the characterizing mind, which at other times employed it for its outer vehicle or agent, it spontaneously sought escape from the scorching contiguity of the frantic thing, of which, for the time, it was no longer an integral.
Well, you get along for a bit, but soon find yourself in a long train of carts and carriages all obliged to go at a walk; perhaps you come to a regular block-up, and have to stand still for minutes together, till something clears out into a side street, or the policeman interferes; you have to be ready for any chance -- to dash forward if there be an opening, and be quick as a rat-dog to see if there be room and if there be time, lest you get your own wheels locked or smashed, or the shaft of some other vehicle run into your chest or shoulder.
If you will lend me your vehicle and direct me, I will drive alone to the next stand.
On the 13th of December he sold another horse--said two warn't necessary to drag that old light vehicle with--in fact, one could snatch it along faster than was absolutely necessary, now that it was good solid winter weather and the roads in splendid condition.
There were two white horses, flower-trimmed reins, and in the floral bower, seated on maple boughs, were the twelve girls of the class, while the ten boys marched on either side of the vehicle, wearing buttonhole bouquets of daisies, the class flower.