Definition of cart in English:

cart

Syllabification: cart
Pronunciation: /kärt
 
/

noun

1A strong open vehicle with two or four wheels, typically used for carrying loads and pulled by a horse.
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  • The road passes through beautiful, wild scenery and twice crosses the glacier and on busy days, up to 40 sturdy little Fjord horses pulling traditional cariole carts carry visitors.
  • A horse pulling a cart carrying racegoers was struck by lightning and died and a passenger was killed.
  • The northbound section which opened in 1897 for horses and carts, now carries a daily traffic flow of 50,000 vehicles on its two lanes.
1.1A shallow open container on wheels that may be pulled or pushed by hand.
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  • We left our headquarters, pushing a wooden cart containing our tents and camping equipment plus food all the way to Smithills Hall.
  • The men push and pull carts through the dusty streets of the city.
  • She pushed the cart that contained the empty cups of various forms of medication into an empty examination room.
Synonyms
1.2North American A shopping cart.
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  • A shopping cart can be recycled into a nifty electrician's cart.
  • Jaws drop at my temerity as I hurriedly push my cart past the line-up.
  • At Target today with Gnat I was pushing the cart around and realized, to my dismay, that we had nothing to get.
1.3 (also shopping cart) A facility on a website that records items selected by a customer for purchase until the transaction is completed: from the product page select the size and quantity you’d like and click ‘Buy’ to add it to your cart
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  • The best thing is that online shopping carts are SEO friendly systems for vendors, retailers and merchants.
  • Research identifies key factors that can cause a customer to abandon their cart mid-purchase.
  • To avoid excessive spending, try this trick: once an item is in your online shopping cart, force yourself to wait 24 hours before completing the order.

verb

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1Convey or put in a cart or similar vehicle: the produce was packed in crates and carted to Kansas City
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  • Boys carted crates of water in and others hauled workable furniture out on tractors.
  • The waste collection is entirely mechanized with the trucks using their forklifts to lift the bins and transfer the waste from bin to truck which is carted away to a modern waste processing facility outside town.
  • One of his three sons Len Watson became a contract carrier in Carnamah and districts - carting wheat, superphosphate, sheep, wool and general freight from 1932-1949.
Synonyms
2 informal Carry (a heavy or cumbersome object) somewhere with difficulty: they carted the piano down three flights of stairs
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  • Though his truck is a picture of driving comfort, Mr McAuliffe is far from lax about the responsibilities he carries in carting thousands of litres of fuel across the Mid West countryside.
  • The carry handle makes carting the box very easy, though you'll still need to bring along a display device of some kind, which the company sells separately.
  • The bits no-one wanted, or which were too big and heavy to cart away would lay there to sink into the vegetation and decay slowly over the years.
2.1Remove or convey (someone) somewhere unceremoniously: they carted off the refugees in the middle of the night
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  • He is unceremoniously carted around in a plastic urn inside a carrier bag which nervously changes hands between them.
  • The police entered, removed him from a closet where he had sought refuge, handcuffed and carted him off in front of 15 patrol cars and countless neighbours.
  • He said that, when the firing stopped, he saw people being carted off in ambulances to hospital.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse kartr, probably influenced by Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French carete, diminutive of carre (see car).

Phrases

put the cart before the horse

Reverse the proper order or procedure of something.
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  • Iain says: ‘The authorities are putting the cart before the horse.’
  • Co-opted committee member John Clancy said: ‘It seems a little like putting the cart before the horse.’
  • It is surely a case of putting the cart before the horse,’ said Dr Caulfield.

Derivatives

carter

noun
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  • The Chairman said a fine of 5s would be imposed, and he hoped it would be a lesson to other carters, for any further case would be more strictly dealt with.
  • On a thirsty day, unscrupulous carters were known to extract a free drink from a keg of porter by boring a small hole through the bung, inserting a goose quill and sucking some of the contents.
  • The pond, which years ago used to be used by carters to dampen their wheels and by residents to wash their clothes, has been the home of a family of ducks for some years

cartful

Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural cartfuls)
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  • This past winter I was at work, happily shelving a cartful of books, when I looked up and saw, right in front of me, a nun, dressed in nun's apparel.
  • And here, folks are willing to stand in line for an hour on a Sunday evening to check out a cartful of groceries.
  • A customer was suddenly approaching her lane with a cartful of items.

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