SHA kuruma (vehicle)

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Character Etymology:

From a pictograph of a long-shafted two-wheeled chariot, as viewed from above.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: SHA
kun-yomi: kuruma

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: kura kuroma

English Definitions:

  1. SHA: a vehicle; a vehicle load.
  2. kuruma: wheel; vehicle, carriage, wagon; cart, wheelbarrow; go-cart; jinricksha; van, car, automobile.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 5939
Henshall: 31

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

車庫 (shako): carbarn, garage.
車輪 (sharin): wheel.
電車 (densha): electric train.

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Hollywood slang for a film designed to rocket a new discovery to movie stardom, often from another area of showbusiness.

Singer Mariah Carey hopes the her upcoming film "Glitter" might help prove her as a serious actress, as has Madonna with... well... pretty much all of her bombs. Similarly, the bomb "A Knight's Tale" was meant to propel Heath Ledger into a teen idol position.

As vehicle films often focus on transforming the star from one art to another, they often focus on his/her explointing existing talent, leaving other aspects of moviemaking such as plot behind. Generally, vehicles are about as successful as putting a mechanic in an operating room - just because he knows how to put together one system, doesn't mean he can't nail together another.

Ve"hi*cle (?), n. [L. vehiculum, fr. vehere to carry; akin to E. way, wain. See Way, n., and cf. Convex, Inveigh, Veil, Vex.]


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.


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.

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.

⇒ 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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Ve"hi*cle (?), n. (Chem.)

A liquid used to spread sensitive salts upon glass and paper for use in photography.


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