ve·hi·cle | \ ˈvē-ə-kəl also ˈvē-ˌhi-kəl \

Definition of vehicle 

1 : a means of carrying or transporting something planes, trains, and other vehicles : such as

a : motor vehicle

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

There will be educational resources on suspicious activity, neighborhood watch, residential security, preventing burglary along with identity theft, vehicle theft, crime prevention services and personal safety. Linda Mcintosh,, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award news," 14 July 2018 Turnout was strong as early as 6 a.m. as people crowded downtown streets that were blocked to vehicle traffic and packed with vendor tents and festival attractions. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Homewood takes spotlight on 'WGN Morning News' live block party broadcast," 13 July 2018 There is a fee to go to Grayton State Beach Park, $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Take a deep dive into this Underwater Art Museum that opened this summer," 13 July 2018 By next summer, the drawbridge will be completely closed to vehicles and pedestrians for up to 30 days, but a 90-day notice will be provided before the closure. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Andrews Avenue drawbridge overhaul to last until 2020," 13 July 2018 The driver of the vehicle police say was involved in her death did not stop. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Police ask for help finding purple Honda involved in fatal hit-and-run," 13 July 2018 The Anderson Ferry began operations in 1817 transporting vehicles and pedestrians between Constance and Cincinnati. Melissa Reinert,, "Anderson Ferry sends best wishes to MS Lucky Lady," 13 July 2018 Tesla has had to raise the price of its electric cars in China to offset the cost of the government’s retaliatory tariffs on American vehicles. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 Donhauser-Sagmoen has a lengthy rap sheet that includes a pending vehicle theft and violation of conditions of release case from March. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Life is completely not normal’: Chugiak family’s life turned upside down by burglary," 12 July 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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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 , -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 , ˈvē-ə-kəl \

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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