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 That included the transfer of heavily armored vehicles. NBC News, "Message from Minneapolis protester: 'Silence can be powerful.'," 2 June 2020 In several cities, scores of police vehicles were damaged and set fire. Fox News, "George Floyd unrest: Cities face new looting amid stronger National Guard response, curfews," 2 June 2020 Video shows the crowd pushing a barricade against one of the vehicles and pelting it with objects. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "New York, Denver, Minneapolis: Disturbing videos show vehicles plowing into George Floyd protests across US," 1 June 2020 That will irk Nissan, which also announced it would reduce production capacity by 20%, close factories and diminish its range of vehicles. The Economist, "Back to basics The Renault-Nissan alliance hunkers down," 28 May 2020 The number of vehicles allowed daily will factor in buses and commercial permit holders. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Unusual summer at Denali National Park will include private drivers and guided caravans," 28 May 2020 For example, China, the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles, is the leader in producing graphite, used in EV batteries, supplying a third of U.S. imports in 2019, according to House Republicans. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Renewables get administratively what they didn’t get in legislation," 28 May 2020 Nuro’s fleet of autonomous vehicles is expanding its footprint in Houston, partnering with CVS to deliver prescriptions in a delivery service that is expected to begin as early as next month. Amanda Drane, Houston Chronicle, "CVS, Nuro partner on autonomous vehicle delivery service," 28 May 2020 There were no in-house options then; George W. Bush had canceled the shuttle program, and Barack Obama had canceled Bush’s plan to build a new fleet of vehicles to fly astronauts to the space station and beyond. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "America Has Outsourced Its Spaceflight Dreams to Elon Musk," 27 May 2020

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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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The first known use of vehicle was in 1612

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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce vehicle (audio) How to pronounce vehicle (audio)

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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