Definitions for: Car


[n]
[n] a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; "three cars had jumped the rails"
[n] where passengers ride up and down; "the car was on the top floor"
[n] car suspended from an airship and carrying personnel and cargo and power plant
[n] a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway; "they took a cable car to the top of the mountain"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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.

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

The gilded car of day. --Milton.

The towering car, the sable steeds. --Tennyson.

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

The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. --Dryden.

5. The cage of a lift or elevator.

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

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

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.

Synonyms: auto, automobile, cable car, elevator car, gondola, machine, motorcar, railcar, railroad car, railway car

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