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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The community is invited to the event, which will feature a K-9 demonstration, a SWAT truck, bomb truck, hostage negotiation vehicle, mobile dispatch center, and a meet-and-greet with RHPD Lt. Denise DeBiase and community policing K-9 Angel. cleveland, 18 May 2022 The two soldiers killed in a chaotic four-vehicle crash Friday evening on the Glenn Highway were paratroopers who both came to Alaska in 2019. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 Cavanaugh said in a brief telephone interview the initial call was for a single-vehicle accident that involved a deer. Matt Yan,, 18 May 2022 The fine for nonelectric vehicles in spaces designated with electric-vehicle charging equipment will result in a $100 penalty. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2022 An Aurora man has been charged with driving under the influence after a two-vehicle crash in the city early Sunday morning that left a 35-year-old woman with serious injuries, police officials said. Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2022 In March, production began on Cadillac’s first fully electric vehicle, the Lyriq crossover. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 16 May 2022 Gramaglia also said that investigators are gathering search warrants to be executed on Gendron's home, his vehicle, his social media activity, digital footprint and technology, including telephones and a computer. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 15 May 2022 Musk became more hands-on, seeing Tesla’s first vehicle, the Roadster, through to production. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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