an·​ti-ve·​hi·​cle ˌan-ˌtī-ˈvē-ˌ(h)i-kəl How to pronounce anti-vehicle (audio)
: designed to destroy military vehicles
Anti-vehicle mines … can be bigger than a volleyball and are triggered by heavy pressure, such as a truck or tank rolling over them.Whitney Woodward, Chicago Daily Herald, 5 June 2006
: intended to prevent vehicles from entering an area
In a sad parody of the paranoia that has encased Capitol Hill in bollards, jersey barriers and checkpoints, the Park Service now wants to permanently close a parking lot at the Jefferson Memorial and erect more anti-vehicle barriers east of the Lincoln Memorial.Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2005

Word History


anti- entry 1 + vehicle

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-vehicle was in 1944

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“Anti-vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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