Definition of vehicle
1 : a means of carrying or transporting something planes, trains, and other vehicles: such asa : motor vehicleb : a piece of mechanized equipment
2 : an agent of transmission : carrier
3 : 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
4a : an inert medium (such as a syrup) in which a medicinally active agent is administeredb : any of various media acting usually as solvents, carriers, or binders for active ingredients or pigments
Examples of vehicle in a Sentence
cars, trucks, and other vehicles
The vehicle's driver was severely injured in the crash.
Have you seen his new car? It's a fine-looking vehicle.
Water and insects can be vehicles of infection.
art as a vehicle for self-expression
Words and pictures are vehicles of communication.
These big-budget movies are star vehicles for well-known actors.
Recent Examples of vehicle from the Web
When officers approached the vehicle, Jackson attempted to reach under the driver seat and a taser was used by one of the officers.
Vehicle sales are rising rapidly as the economy booms.
The burglars take money, purses and electronics left in vehicles, according to police reports.
The teller put money in a purple pillow case and Randle fled the area in a vehicle.
Both vehicles rolled off of the right shoulder of the Interstate.
The French authorities brought criminal proceedings last year against the ride-hailing service for infringing a law that required any vehicle carrying passengers for a fee to be licensed as a taxi service and to have appropriate insurance.
The test, as well as demonstrating greater range, could have been designed to gain additional knowledge of the engineering requirements of warhead-carrying re-entry vehicles by flying for longer and at higher altitude.
But the Anker requires power, which is a problem, since a vehicle without Bluetooth almost certainly lacks a USB port.
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Origin and Etymology of vehicle
borrowed from French & Latin; French véhicule, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin vehiculum “medium, agent of transmission,” going back to Latin, “wheeled vehicle, means of transport,” from vehere “to carry, convey” + -culum, instrumental suffix (going back to Indo-European *-tlom) — more at 1way
First Known Use: 1612See Words from the same year
VEHICLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vehicle for English Language Learners
: 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
VEHICLE Defined for Kids
Definition of vehicle for Students
1 : something used to transport people or goods
2 : a means by which something is expressed, achieved, or shown She used the show as a vehicle to display her talent.
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