vehicle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   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.
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   2. That which is used as the instrument of conveyance or
      communication; as, matter is the vehicle of energy.
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            A simple style forms the best vehicle of thought to
            a popular assembly.                   --Wirt.
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   3. (Pharm.) A substance in which medicine is taken.
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   4. (Paint.) Any liquid with which a pigment is applied,
      including whatever gum, wax, or glutinous or adhesive
      substance is combined with it.
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   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.
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   5. (Chem.) A liquid used to spread sensitive salts upon glass
      and paper for use in photography.
      [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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