Borrowed from French véhicule, from Latin vehiculum (“a carriage, conveyance”), from vehere (“to carry”).
vehicle (plural vehicles)
- A conveyance; a device for carrying or transporting substances, objects or individuals.
2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, in Internal Combustion:
But electric vehicles and the batteries that made them run became ensnared in corporate scandals, fraud, and monopolistic corruption that shook the confidence of the nation and inspired automotive upstarts.
2013 June 29, “High and wet”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28:
Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. […] Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
2013 June 7, Ed Pilkington, “‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 6:
In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.
- A medium for expression of talent or views.
- A liquid content (e.g. oil) which acts as a binding and drying agent in paint. (FM 55-501).
- (pharmaceuticals) The main excipient (such as an oil or gel) that conveys the active ingredient of a drug.
- An entity to achieve an end.
- (Buddhism) A mode or method of spiritual practice; a yana.
- (Hinduism) An animal or (rarely) a plant on which a Hindu deity rides or sits
pharmaceuticals: main excipient
Hinduism: animal or plant on which a Hindu deity sits
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From Latin vehiculum.
vehicle m (plural vehicles)