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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Sergeant Brian Becker of the Walpole police said officers responded to the crash in the 500 block of High Street at 10:45 p.m. The vehicle crashed into a tree, Captain Paul Carter of the Walpole Fire Department said. Margeaux Sippell,, "Medfield man killed in motorcycle crash in Walpole," 14 July 2018 Nguyen allegedly climbed into one of four police pickups, which were used to block a road, and urged others to climb over the vehicles to continue their march, the indictment reportedly said. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "U.S. citizen arrested during protest in Vietnam scheduled to stand trial," 13 July 2018 Don’t leave the vehicle in dynamic mode, or breakfast might dynamically make its way to your lap. Scott Sturgis,, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 Police then allowed Briley and Mobley to call their girlfriends to come get the vehicle. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Simple traffic stop leads to chain of arrests in Peachtree City," 12 July 2018 The thieves used the vehicle to steal several thousand dollars worth of landscaping equipment and tools from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation last month, according to the sheriff’s office. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Recognize this truck? Detectives say it was used in a burglary on Warm Springs Ave.," 12 July 2018 Anyone with information on the vehicle is urged to call the Harris County Sheriff's Office at 713-274-9210. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Woman shot while driving on Mason Road," 12 July 2018 Football is one of the few vehicles for the expression of Englishness. The Economist, "English or British? Football highlights an enduring identity crisis," 12 July 2018 Pat Gengler said sheriff's deputies responded at 11:20 p.m. on a report of a call to assist the Maple Park Fire Department with a victim trapped in a vehicle on the track. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Morton Grove race car driver killed in Sycamore Speedway crash," 14 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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