Definitions for vehicleˈvi ɪ kəl or, sometimes, ˈvi hɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ve•hi•cleˈvi ɪ kəl or, sometimes, ˈvi hɪ-(n.)

  1. any means in or by which someone or something is carried or conveyed:

    a motor vehicle.

    Category: Transportation

  2. a conveyance moving on wheels, runners, or the like, as an automobile.

    Category: Transportation

  3. a means of transmission or passage:

    Air is the vehicle of sound.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. a medium of communication, expression, or display:

    Language is the vehicle of thought.

  5. a play, screenplay, or other work with a role designed or especially well-suited to display the talents of a particular performer.

    Category: Showbiz

  6. a chemically inert substance used as a medium for active remedies.

    Category: Pharmacology

  7. a liquid, as oil, in which a paint pigment is mixed before being applied to a surface.

    Category: Fine Arts

Origin of vehicle:

1605–15; < L vehiculum=veh(ere) to convey +-i- -i - +-culum -cle2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vehicle(noun)

    a conveyance that transports people or objects

  2. vehicle(noun)

    a medium for the expression or achievement of something

    "his editorials provided a vehicle for his political views"; "a congregation is a vehicle of group identity"; "the play was just a vehicle to display her talents"

  3. vehicle(noun)

    any substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it

  4. fomite, vehicle(noun)

    any inanimate object (as a towel or money or clothing or dishes or books or toys etc.) that can transmit infectious agents from one person to another

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vehicle(noun)ˈvi ɪ kəl or, sometimes, ˈvi hɪ-

    sth you drive such as a car, truck, etc.

    a military vehicle; Please stay in your vehicle.

  2. vehicleˈvi ɪ kəl or, sometimes, ˈvi hɪ-

    sth used to achieve or communicate sth

    a vehicle for change/democracy; e-learning as a vehicle for community education


  1. vehicle(Noun)

    A conveyance; a device for carrying or transporting substances, objects or individuals.

  2. vehicle(Noun)

    A medium for expression of talent or views.

  3. vehicle(Noun)

    A liquid content (e.g. oil) which acts as a binding and drying agent in paint. (FM 55-501).

  4. vehicle(Noun)

    An animal or (rarely) a plant on which a Hindu deity rides or sits

  5. vehicle(Noun)

    An entity to achieve an end.

  6. vehicle(Noun)

    A yana.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vehicle(noun)

    that in or on which any person or thing is, or may be, carried, as a coach, carriage, wagon, cart, car, sleigh, bicycle, etc.; a means of conveyance; specifically, a means of conveyance upon land

  2. Vehicle(noun)

    that which is used as the instrument of conveyance or communication; as, matter is the vehicle of energy

  3. Vehicle(noun)

    a substance in which medicine is taken

  4. Vehicle(noun)

    any liquid with which a pigment is applied, including whatever gum, wax, or glutinous or adhesive substance is combined with it


  1. Vehicle

    A vehicle is a mobile machine that transports passengers or cargo. Most often, vehicles are manufactured, such as bicycles, cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, trains, ships, boats and aircraft. Vehicles that do not travel on land often are called craft, such as watercraft, sailcraft, aircraft, hovercraft, and spacecraft. Land vehicles are classified broadly by what is used to apply steering and drive forces against the ground: wheeled, tracked, railed or skied. ISO 3833-1977 is the standard, also internationally used in legislation, for road vehicles types, terms and definitions.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vehicle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2505

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vehicle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2229

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vehicle' in Nouns Frequency: #644

Translations for vehicle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any means of transport on land, especially on wheels, eg a car, bus, bicycle etc.

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