vehicle

noun
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

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV settled a lawsuit brought by an Illinois dealership group that accused the auto maker of pressuring it to manipulate monthly vehicle sales reports. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Settles Dealer Lawsuit Over Sales Reporting," 5 Apr. 2019 State officials have said that since 2009, more Oklahomans have died from opioids than in vehicle crashes. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma," 27 Mar. 2019 Police and rebels cooperated to let emergency vehicles through. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Climate Change Protests Disrupt London Fashion Week," 18 Feb. 2019 The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Was Involved in a Car Accident Near Sandringham Yesterday," 18 Jan. 2019 Those pictures will still be a tad fuzzy, due to the vehicle’s distance from the object. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System," 30 Dec. 2018 In 2016, 20 automakers reached an agreement with the U.S. government to put automatic emergency braking on all new vehicles by September of 2022, but compliance is voluntary. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking," 13 Feb. 2019 The Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s workhorse rocket, and the company has been constantly iterating on the vehicle’s design since it was first introduced. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 German cars are already more welcome in China, for example, as Beijing’s tariff rates on those vehicles are currently at 15 percent. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s car deal with China is great — for other countries," 3 Dec. 2018

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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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vehicle

noun

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

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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