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

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 Weather Report Early Saturday, heavy snow shut down Interstate 80 for several hours, but the road was reopened to vehicles with chains. Steve Rubenstein,, "Umbrellas up and tire chains on — it’s precipitating all over," 30 Nov. 2019 Paramedics transported her to a local hospital for emergency surgery, and police located a nearby vehicle with damage consistent with hitting a pedestrian. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Man arrested after allegedly hitting pedestrian in League City car crash," 28 Nov. 2019 Mata’afa and two others fled the scene in a vehicle, according to police. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Man arrested after shooting in East Anchorage movie theater parking lot," 28 Nov. 2019 Drug abuse, Denison Boulevard: On Nov. 17, police observed a vehicle with an expired license plate traveling on Denison Boulevard. John Benson, cleveland, "Officer finds drunk Medina man passed out behind the wheel: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 27 Nov. 2019 Deputies found the vehicle with the iPhone app later that day on Cinderlane Parkway along with the Jeep, which was parked near an apartment where Epps was living. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "iPhone helps locate Orlando gunman, carjacking suspects: report," 27 Nov. 2019 In Connecticut, the driver is responsible for ensuring everyone in the vehicle is belted in, and can face a $92 ticket for any violation. Don Stacom,, "Connecticut police warn drivers: 'Click It or Ticket’ season is under way," 27 Nov. 2019 Officers found 15 grams of heroin and a 9 mm pistol in the vehicle. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Repeat felon sentenced to eight years in federal prison for heroin, gun possession," 27 Nov. 2019 Shazam!, even more notably, sold itself as a superpowered riff on Big, a lighter vehicle with a fun-loving lead man (Zachary Levi) that relied on a more trim, manageable budget to collect an honorable, if not record-breaking sum. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What Does the Future Hold for the DC Film Universe?," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vehicle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce vehicle (audio) How to pronounce vehicle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vehicle

: 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


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.


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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