vehicle

noun
ve·​hi·​cle | \ ˈvē-ə-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) also ˈvē-ˌhi-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter bombers, escorted by Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighters, took off from bases in India supported by unmanned aerial vehicles and aerial refueling tankers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Aircraft Shot Down As Crisis Between India and Pakistan Escalates," 27 Feb. 2019 Other people who can't use it—people who don’t drive—are still stuck navigating dangerous, unfriendly conditions created by those vehicles. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "We don’t need more dedicated places where cars can go fast," 20 Dec. 2018 The California Department of Motor Vehicles’ permit allows Waymo to oversee up to 40 fully autonomous vehicles that can drive day and night on city streets, rural highways and highways that have posted speed limits up to 65 mph. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Bitcoin turns 10, Apple’s first $100 billion quarter?," 1 Nov. 2018 David Gobellan, a 19-year-old from Mercedes, located at the Texas-Mexico border, was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bike in the city earlier this month, as reported by local news station KGBT. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Texas Teen Refused to Give Up on a Mission for Bike Safety After City Leaders Walked Out on Her," 19 Sep. 2018 The upgrade will allow Strykers to better fight against similar vehicles used by potential adversaries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army is Upgrading the Stryker Armored Vehicle With a Bigger Gun," 3 May 2019 The changes proposed by the city’s Department of Transportation further restrict where and for how long vehicles can double park. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Double-Parking Crackdown in NYC Would Pinch Businesses," 25 Apr. 2019 The drone will also help detect any other unmanned vehicles in the air that aren’t authorized to fly, in addition to the cameras and police helicopters that usually keep watch. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "New York City cops will fly a drone over the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square," 30 Dec. 2018 Fosse, seeking a new star vehicle for Verdon, returned to Broadway and enlisted the songwriting duo Kander and Ebb to develop a musical adaptation of the play Chicago. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Real Relationship Between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon," 9 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce vehicle (audio) , -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 How to pronounce vehicle (audio) , ˈvē-ə-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) \

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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