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noun ve·hi·cle \ˈvē-ə-kəl also ˈvē-ˌhi-kəl\

: a machine that is used to carry people or goods from one place to another

: the thing that allows something to be passed along, expressed, achieved, or shown

Full Definition of VEHICLE

a :  an inert medium (as a syrup) in which a medicinally active agent is administered
b :  any of various media acting usually as solvents, carriers, or binders for active ingredients or pigments
:  an agent of transmission :  carrier
:  a medium through which something is expressed, achieved, or displayed <an investment vehicle>; especially :  a work created especially to display the talents of a particular performer
:  a means of carrying or transporting something <planes, trains, and other vehicles>: as
a :  motor vehicle
b :  a piece of mechanized equipment

Examples of VEHICLE

  1. cars, trucks, and other vehicles
  2. The vehicle's driver was severely injured in the crash.
  3. Have you seen his new car? It's a fine-looking vehicle.
  4. Water and insects can be vehicles of infection.
  5. art as a vehicle for self-expression
  6. Words and pictures are vehicles of communication.
  7. These big-budget movies are star vehicles for well-known actors.

Origin of VEHICLE

French véhicule, from Latin vehiculum carriage, conveyance, from vehere to carry — more at way
First Known Use: 1612

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VEHICLE Defined for Kids


noun ve·hi·cle \ˈvē-ˌi-kəl, -ˌhi-\

Definition of VEHICLE for Kids

:  something used to transport people or goods
:  a means by which something is expressed, achieved, or shown <She used the show as a vehicle to display her talent.>
Medical Dictionary


noun ve·hi·cle \ˈvē-ˌ(h)ik-əl, ˈvē-ə-kəl\

Medical Definition of VEHICLE

:  an inert medium in which a medicinally active agent is administered
:  an agent of transmission <a vehicle of infection>
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