A device or structure for transporting persons or things; a conveyance: a space vehicle. A self-propelled conveyance that runs on tires; a motor vehicle. A medium through which something is transmitted, expressed, or accomplished: His novels are a vehicle for his political views. 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\u201d ( Shakespeare). A play, role, or piece of music used to display the special talents of one performer or company. A substance of no therapeutic value used to convey an active medicine for administration. A substance, such as oil, in which paint pigments are mixed for application.