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English Dictionary: vehicle by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
vehicle
n
  1. a conveyance that transports people or objects
  2. 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"
  3. any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it
  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
    Synonym(s): fomite, vehicle
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Vehicle \Ve"hi*cle\, 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.
  
      Note: 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Vehicle \Ve"hi*cle\, n. (Chem.)
      A liquid used to spread sensitive salts upon glass and paper
      for use in photography.
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