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vehicle (n.)

1610s, "a medium through which a drug or medicine is administered," also "any means of conveying or transmitting," from French véhicule (16c.), from Latin vehiculum "means of transport, vehicle, carriage, conveyance," from vehere "to bear, carry, convey" (from PIE root *wegh- "to go, move, transport in a vehicle," which also is the source of English wagon). Sense of "cart or other conveyance" in English first recorded 1650s.

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Definitions of vehicle from WordNet

vehicle (n.)
a conveyance that transports people or objects;
vehicle (n.)
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
vehicle (n.)
any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it;
vehicle (n.)
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;
Synonyms: fomite
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