vehicle

[ vee-i-kuh l or, sometimes, vee-hi- ]
/ ˈvi ɪ kəl or, sometimes, ˈvi hɪ- /

noun

Origin of vehicle

1605–15; < Latin vehiculum, equivalent to veh(ere) to convey + -i- -i- + -culum -cle2

Pronunciation note

Because the primary stress in vehicle is on the first syllable, the [h] /h/ in the second syllable tends to disappear: [vee-i-kuh l] /ˈvi ɪ kəl/. A pronunciation with primary stress on the second syllable and a fully pronounced [h] /h/ is usually considered nonstandard: [vee-hik-uh l] /viˈhɪk əl/. In the adjective vehicular, where the primary stress is normally on the second syllable, the [h] /h/ is always pronounced.
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British Dictionary definitions for vehicle

vehicle

/ (ˈviːɪkəl) /

noun

any conveyance in or by which people or objects are transported, esp one fitted with wheels
a medium for the expression, communication, or achievement of ideas, information, power, etc
pharmacol a therapeutically inactive substance mixed with the active ingredient to give bulk to a medicine
Also called: base a painting medium, such as oil, in which pigments are suspended
(in the performing arts) a play, musical composition, etc, that enables a particular performer to display his talents
a rocket excluding its payload
Derived Formsvehicular (vɪˈhɪkjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for vehicle

C17: from Latin vehiculum, from vehere to carry
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Word Origin and History for vehicle

vehicle


n.

1610s, "a medium through which a drug or medicine is administered," also "any means of conveying or transmitting," from French véhicule, from Latin vehiculum "means of transport, a vehicle," from vehere "to carry," from PIE *wegh- "to go, transport in a vehicle" (cf. Old English wegan "to carry;" Old Norse vegr, Old High German weg "way;" Middle Dutch wagen "wagon;" see wagon). Sense of "cart or other conveyance" first recorded 1650s.

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Medicine definitions for vehicle

vehicle

[ vēĭ-kəl ]

n.

A substance of no therapeutic value that is used to convey an active medicine for administration.
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