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WordNet 2.0
  • a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
  • "they took a cable car to the top of the mountain"
  • 4-wheeled motor vehicle
  • usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
  • "he needs a car to get to work"
  • a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad
  • "three cars had jumped the rails"
  • where passengers ride up and down
  • "the car was on the top floor"
  • car suspended from an airship and carrying personnel and cargo and power plant
car
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.]

    [MORE]
    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.

 

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