vehicle

noun
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
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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Last month, Tesla lowered prices by $2,000 for the entry version, after a federal tax credit for buyers of electric vehicles was cut in half Jan. 1 ... Robert Wall, WSJ, "Tesla Cuts the Model 3 Price Again," 6 Feb. 2019 On other issues, Democratic lawmakers are sponsoring a bill to offer a sales-tax break for electric vehicles. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Car-tab fees, new transportation package on Washington state lawmakers’ agenda," 28 Jan. 2019 The Polestar 2 will be the first all-electric vehicle from Polestar, a sub-brand spun off Volvo. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Volvo’s Polestar 2 Is an Electric Car Controlled by Google," 23 Jan. 2019 The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a car accident yesterday near Sandringham, in which his vehicle, a Land Rover, overturned. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Was Involved in a Car Accident Near Sandringham Yesterday," 18 Jan. 2019 The first floor features a large, four-car industrial level workshop—with electric vehicle charging—while the upper floors house the living spaces. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 So a portion of their paycheck goes back to gas and overall maintenance on their vehicle. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Here's Exactly What to Tip Your Food Delivery Driver," 12 Dec. 2018 Local reporters have obtained surveillance footage believed to be of the vehicle in question. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Is Missing After Her Parents Were Found Dead in Their Home," 16 Oct. 2018 For example, the reusable rocket-spaceship duo will be taller than previously stated — 387 feet (118 meters), compared with the 348 feet (106 m) that Musk cited during his September 2017 overview of the vehicle. Mike Wall, Space.com, "SpaceX Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire (and Artists, Too!) Around the Moon in 2023," 17 Sep. 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 , -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 , 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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