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 In the other vehicle, police discovered a deceased man who suffered a gunshot wound. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Minnesota police find two dead of gunshot wounds after car crash amid protests," 12 Apr. 2021 Troopers said two passengers in the vehicle were also injured: a 27-year-old Walnut Ridge woman and a minor female whose name and age weren’t provided in the report. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Girl, 6, dies after rollover crash in Lawrence County, authorities say," 12 Apr. 2021 Several white pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine were found in Floyd's vehicle, and a smaller pill with Floyd's saliva on it was found in the back of the police squad car, three forensic scientists testified. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Derek Chauvin's defense is using these 3 arguments to try to get an acquittal in George Floyd's death," 12 Apr. 2021 The woman was alone in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement., "21-year-old Worcester woman killed in Northborough crash," 12 Apr. 2021 No one in the other vehicle was harmed, police said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Protests erupt after death of Daunte Wright, 20-year-old Black man shot by police during traffic stop: What we know," 12 Apr. 2021 Video shows two officers in a patrol vehicle then roll up to the scene, with the passenger holding a shotgun. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "Video shows man with a fake gun outside LAPD Olympic station before officer shoots him," 12 Apr. 2021 Randell had been in the car with his mother, his 4- and 5-year-old siblings, and another man when a shooter in another vehicle opened fire on the family’s car, Mayor Luke Bronin said at a news conference after both incidents. Rebecca Lurye,, "Family, community mourn 3-year-old and teenager shot and killed in Hartford Saturday," 11 Apr. 2021 No description was available of the driver of the suspect’s vehicle. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Woman’s car stolen at gunpoint in Akron, later found burning," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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