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

Definition of vehicle

  1. 1 :  a means of carrying or transporting something planes, trains, and other vehicles: such asa :  motor vehicleb :  a piece of mechanized equipment

  2. 2 :  an agent of transmission :  carrier

  3. 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

  4. 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

  1. cars, trucks, and other vehicles

  2. The vehicle's driver was severely injured in the crash.

  3. Have you seen his new car? It's a fine-looking vehicle.

  4. Water and insects can be vehicles of infection.

  5. art as a vehicle for self-expression

  6. Words and pictures are vehicles of communication.

  7. These big-budget movies are star vehicles for well-known actors.

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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

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VEHICLE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

vehicle

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noun ve·hi·cle \ˈvē-ˌi-kəl, -ˌhi-\

Definition of vehicle for Students

  1. 1 :  something used to transport people or goods

  2. 2 :  a means by which something is expressed, achieved, or shown She used the show as a vehicle to display her talent.


Medical Dictionary

vehicle

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noun ve·hi·cle \ˈvē-ˌ(h)ik-əl, ˈvē-ə-kəl\

Medical Definition of vehicle

  1. 1:  an inert medium in which a medicinally active agent is administered

  2. 2:  an agent of transmission a vehicle of infection



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