meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

These are words often used in combination with vehicle.

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abandoned vehicle

The vigorous pursuit of tax dodgers will therefore reduce the abandoned vehicle problem.

aerial vehicle

The application considered here is different being concerned with path planning methods for a small autonomous aerial vehicle under consideration for use in video inspection of overhead power lines.

amphibious vehicle

She had to ask for assistance from the army who used an amphibious vehicle to rescue us.

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Origin and meaning of bicycle by Online Etymology Dictionary

1868, from bi- “two” + a Latinized form of Greek kyklos “circle, wheel” (see cycle (n.)), on the pattern of tricycle; both the word and the vehicle superseding earlier velocipede.

The English word is said in some dictionaries to be probably not from French, but the 1868 citations are in a French context: The velocipedes, about which the Parisians have run mad at the present moment, are of various kinds. … The two wheel velocipedes, the bicycles as they are styled, are intended for the male sex only, and are by far the swiftest machines. [“Supplement to the Courant,” Hartford, Conn., Dec. 16, 1868]. Pierre Lallement, employee of a French carriage works, improved Macmillan’s 1839 pedal velocipede in 1865 and took the invention to America. See also pennyfarthing. As a verb, from 1869.

The velocipede of 1869 was worked by treadles operating cranks on the axle oi the front wheel. This was modified in the earliest form of the bicycle by greatly increasing the relative size of the driving-wheel and bringing the rider directly over it. Later the “safety” bicycle was introduced, in which the wheels were made of equal or nearly equal size, and for the direct action upon the front wheel was substituted indirect action upon the rear wheel, by means of a chain and sprocket-wheels …. [Century Dictionary]

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Transportation definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary

Examples of ‘transportation’ in a sentence


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When you
think about it, the
idea to
public transportation with
artwork is

Smithsonian Mag (2017)

connected IP
services provided to
schools and transportation systems in the area.

Computing (2010)

School buses are the
mode of transportation

Christianity Today (2000)

may be forced to
build transportation systems for their own

Chancellor, John Peril and Promise: A Commentary on America (1990)

Transportation to one of the colonies was the most
important of these.

Smout, T.C. & Wood, Sydney Scottish Voices 1745-1960 (1990)

Many people
prefer transportation to transport.

Times, Sunday Times (2014)

kind of public transportation do we
need to have in and around
London and between

Times, Sunday Times (2013)

No one from my
background would take public transportation, like a bus.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)

Depending on
consumption, the
leg can be by
bike or in transportation provided by the

Times, Sunday Times (2016)

considered it
unthinkable that railroads could be
displaced as the
backbone of the country’s transportation system.

Peter F. Drucker MANAGING FOR RESULTS (1986)

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We were not
allowed to
ride on public transportation except under certain conditions, and then only on the

Kishlansky, Mark A. (editor) Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning
to 1715

Good airport, good public transportation.

Times, Sunday Times (2014)

Transportation of people,
commodities, and
equipment was much more
efficient with

Hunt, E. K. Property and Prophets: The Evolution of Economic Institutions and Ideologies (1995)

US forces were
unable to provide the transportation because the the
trip to the airport was considered an
risk to the lives of

Times, Sunday Times (2008)

But more
significant was the inadequacy of the South’s
internal transportation system.

Divine, Robert A. (editor) & Breen, T. H & Frederickson, George M & Williams, R. Hal America Past and Present (1995)

It has
emerged that the
national transportation
board had
urged the
replacement of the DC metro trains

Times, Sunday Times (2009)

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