vehicle

noun
ve·​hi·​cle | \ ˈvē-ə-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) also ˈvē-ˌhi-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) \

Essential Meaning of vehicle

1 : a machine that is used to carry people or goods from one place to another cars, trucks, and other vehicles a stolen vehicle See More ExamplesThe vehicle's driver was severely injured in the crash. Have you seen his new car? It's a fine-looking vehicle.Hide
2 : the thing that allows something to be passed along, expressed, achieved, or shown an investment vehicle Water and insects can be vehicles of infection. See More Examplesart as a vehicle for self-expression Words and pictures are vehicles of communication. These big-budget movies are star vehicles for well-known actors.Hide

Full Definition of vehicle

1 : a means of carrying or transporting something planes, trains, and other vehicles : such as
b : 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 administered
b : any of various media acting usually as solvents, carriers, or binders for active ingredients or pigments

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Velocities like this aren’t an issue for a vehicle bred on the track. Michael Harley, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 According to the lawsuit, on September 22, 2019, Felton assisted another officer in pulling over a vehicle in Baldwin Park after the driver allegedly failed to yield during a traffic stop. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 Customers are not required to pay money to reserve a vehicle. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 21 Oct. 2021 Bangura was found with critical wounds inside of a vehicle in the 2400 block of Franklin Street NE, less than two blocks from his home, just before 7 p.m. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 Cummings was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound around 9:56 p.m. Aug. 12 in the 300 block of Union Avenue as officers responded to a call of a vehicle that struck a church, said Frazier. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 21 Oct. 2021 Initial reports said a vehicle had struck a nearby home; but upon arrival, police found one of the cars had crashed through a fence into a neighboring yard. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Austin Highway, on May 5 to retrieve a vehicle from Smith at the request of one of Williams’ girlfriends, who was incarcerated at the time of the shooting. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 Rapping became an outlet for his artistry, but also a vehicle for venting the frustration of being a young Muslim attempting to assimilate. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of vehicle

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

History and Etymology for 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 way entry 1

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The first known use of vehicle was in 1612

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2021

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“Vehicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vehicle. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for vehicle

vehicle

noun
ve·​hi·​cle | \ ˈvē-ˌi-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) , -ˌhi- \

Kids Definition of vehicle

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.

vehicle

noun
ve·​hi·​cle | \ ˈvē-ˌ(h)ik-əl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) , ˈvē-ə-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) \

Medical Definition of vehicle

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

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