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

On average, 38 children under the age of 15 die each year after being left in cars during hot weather, which turns the vehicle into a virtual oven. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "There have been 15 heatstroke deaths of children left in hot cars already in 2019. And it's not even July.," 29 June 2019 The infinitely modifiable nature of the sounds are a unique feature for electric cars that gives automakers another way to distinguish themselves, both among drivers and the pedestrians who hear the vehicles whir by. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "BMW electric car sounds are being made by film composer Hans Zimmer," 29 June 2019 Maersk has acknowledged that several hundred jobs would be affected by replacing current cargo carriers with the driverless vehicles. Dakota Smith,, "City deals blow to automation plan at the Port of L.A. The robots could still be coming," 28 June 2019 The underground stations would be able to accommodate four-car trains, twice as long as the standard MAX vehicle., "Metro will study MAX tunnel underneath downtown Portland and Willamette River," 28 June 2019 Crews located the driver outside the vehicle and brought him to the roadway. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos: 1 injured in fiery crash over 100-foot embankment," 28 June 2019 Hamden Officer Devin Eaton fired 13 times, and Yale Officer Terrance Pollock fired three times at the vehicle. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "State police expect to finish investigations into three police shootings within the next two weeks," 28 June 2019 Adams, Jacobs and a third judge, Crawford County Judge Sabrina Bell, were standing near the building when an SUV parked nearby and two men left the vehicle. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana judge is indicted for his alleged role in his own shooting at White Castle," 28 June 2019 The vehicle was later located abandoned in another area of Oakland. J.k. Dineen,, "Man arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed 6-year-old Oakland boy and his mother," 27 June 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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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 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.


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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