Freight car

Freight car
Car Car, n. [OF. car, char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir. & Gael. carr. cf. {Chariot}.] 1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart. [1913 Webster]

2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Note: In England a railroad passenger car is called a railway carriage; a freight car a goods wagon; a platform car a goods truck; a baggage car a van. But styles of car introduced into England from America are called cars; as, tram car. Pullman car. See {Train}. [1913 Webster]

3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic]. [1913 Webster]

The gilded car of day. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The towering car, the sable steeds. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Astron.) The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper. [1913 Webster]

The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. The cage of a lift or elevator. [1913 Webster]

6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to contain passengers, ballast, etc. [1913 Webster]

7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{Car coupling}, or {Car coupler}, a shackle or other device for connecting the cars in a railway train. [U. S.]

{Dummy car} (Railroad), a car containing its own steam power or locomotive.

{Freight car} (Railrood), a car for the transportation of merchandise or other goods. [U. S.]

{Hand car} (Railroad), a small car propelled by hand, used by railroad laborers, etc. [U. S.]

{Horse car}, or {Street car}, an omnibus car, draw by horses or other power upon rails laid in the streets. [U. S.]

{Palace car}, {Drawing-room car}, {Sleeping car}, {Parlor car}, etc. (Railroad), cars especially designed and furnished for the comfort of travelers. [1913 Webster] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Freight car — Freight Freight (fr[=a]t), a. Employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight; as, a freight car. [1913 Webster] {Freight agent}, a person employed by a transportation company to receive, forward, or deliver goods. {Freight… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • freight car — ☆ freight car n. a railroad car for transporting freight …   English World dictionary

  • freight car — freight cars N COUNT On a train, a freight car is a large container in which goods are transported. [mainly AM] …   English dictionary

  • freight-car — freightˈ car noun (US) 1. A luggage van 2. A goods van or wagon • • • Main Entry: ↑freight …   Useful english dictionary

  • freight car — n part of a train which carries goods …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • freight car — noun a railway car that carries freight (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑car, ↑railcar, ↑railway car, ↑railroad car • Hyponyms: ↑boxcar, ↑cattle car, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • freight car — any car for carrying freight. [1825 35] * * * also called  Goods Waggon,         railroad car designed to carry cargo. Early freight cars were made largely of wood. All steel cars were introduced by about 1896 and within 30 years had almost… …   Universalium

  • freight car — railroad car for carrying freight, railroad car in which goods are transported …   English contemporary dictionary

  • freight car — A railroad car for the transportation of goods, merchandise, and other property, not of passengers …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • freight car — /ˈfreɪt ka/ (say frayt kah) noun US a goods wagon; luggage van …   Australian English dictionary

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