- any means in or by which someone travels or something is carried or conveyed; a means of conveyance or transport: a motor vehicle; space vehicles.
- a conveyance moving on wheels, runners, tracks, or the like, as a cart, sled, automobile, or tractor.
- a means of transmission or passage: Air is the vehicle of sound.
- a carrier, as of infection.
- a medium of communication, expression, or display: The novel is a fitting vehicle for his talents. Language is the vehicle of thought.
- Theater, Movies. a play, screenplay, or the like, having a role suited to the talents of and often written for a specific performer.
- a means of accomplishing a purpose: College is a vehicle for success.
- Rhetoric. the thing or idea to which the subject of a metaphor is compared, as “rose” in “she is a rose.”Compare tenor(def 3).
- Pharmacology. a substance, usually fluid, possessing little or no medicinal action, used as a medium for active remedies.
- Painting. a liquid, as oil, in which a pigment is mixed before being applied to a surface.
Origin of vehicle
Related Words for vehiclewagon, van, car, bus, truck, automobile, bicycle, boat, cab, taxi, jeep, instrument, tool, vector, buggy, crate, mechanism, conveyance, jalopy, agent
Examples from the Web for vehicle
Contemporary Examples of vehicle
They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
Eventually Morrow was released with no money, vehicle, or phone.Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
KSM enters the complex through a “Sally Port,” a series of gates designed to allow just one vehicle in at a time.9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies
December 16, 2014
After a few moments, four officers exited the vehicle, causing the man to turn and walk away quickly.Arabs Are the Michael Browns of Israel
December 3, 2014
Meeting an additional objective standard is necessary: can the vehicle safely transport you from one place to another?The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Historical Examples of vehicle
Vast crowds lined the route, afoot and in every kind of vehicle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The buck-board is the only vehicle possible over these mountain-roads.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
In the vehicle in which I drove to the station the kind man had put a basket of food.
I got out of the vehicle with the infirmary attendant and his assistant.
Once our vehicle entered an elevator and was let down a brief distance.City of Endless Night
- 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
Word Origin for vehicle
Word Origin and History for vehicle
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.
- A substance of no therapeutic value that is used to convey an active medicine for administration.