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
While many vehicles today already offer features like driving assistance on highways or during parking, full autonomy is a long-term target for some.
In this Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Minneapolis Police Officer Justin Churchill steps in his vehicle in Minneapolis.
Skoda, a Czech carmaker owned by Volkswagen, is also working with Sculpteo to offer its customers small, personalised models of their own vehicles.
Kentuckiana Air Education recommendations include: Don't idle motor vehicles.
Three to four people attempted to remove the front door of a Cheviot gun store by attaching a chain to their vehicle Monday around 4 a.m., according to a Cheviot Police Department release.
Cars are tracked in real time; if a vehicle goes off course, Safr intervenes. 2.
Patients who needed help were left on the curb or waiting for hours for rides, and others were harassed or driven in unsafe vehicles, according to the suit.
Schmitt, who police said was not injured, was unable to avoid a collision with the Chrysler and struck the passenger side of the vehicle, police said.
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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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