Definition of car in English:

car

Line breaks: car
Pronunciation: /kɑː
 
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noun

1A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal-combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people: we’re going by car [as modifier]: a car crash
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  • The city council is flexing its muscles after becoming the first local authority in the north west with the power to tow away cars without valid road tax.
  • As dawn approached, police set up checkpoints as part of a plan to ban cars carrying fewer than four people from midtown Manhattan.
  • The highway roads carry cars and trucks from the suburbs into the city.
Synonyms
motor car, automobile, motor, machine
informal wheels, heap, crate, (old) banger, jalopy, limo
North American informal auto
US informal hooptie
1.1A railway carriage or (North American) wagon: the first-class cars
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  • She was switching standard gauge cars without any kind of idler car on the three rail track.
  • Our train consists of six coach class cars, a cafe car, and one business class car.
  • It used mules to haul two ore cars and a flatcar one and a half miles between its mill at the foot of the mountains and its mine.
Synonyms
carriage, coach; Britishsaloon; Indianbogie
1.2The passenger compartment of a lift, cableway, or balloon: he was in the lift when the car stuck
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  • They soon arrived at the lift, and the car arrived within ten seconds of keying for it.
  • He had used the ring to get an express elevator car to the top of the Letap Center.
  • The car-free village of Bettmeralp which is only accessible by a large-car cableway is located in the immediate vicinity of the impressive Aletsch Glacier.
1.3 literary A chariot.
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  • And then Krishna and Arjuna, seated on the same car (chariot), blew their celestial conches.
  • Classical Latin poets also used Phoebus as a byname for the sun-god, whence come common references in later European poetry to Phoebus and his car("chariot") as a metaphor for the sun.
  • Their armour shone like a flame of blazing fire as they stood in their car: their swift horses struck the earth and pawed it with their hoofs, and the dust rose like smoke about them.

Origin

late Middle English (in the general sense 'wheeled vehicle'): from Old Northern French carre, based on Latin carrum, carrus, of Celtic origin.

Derivatives

carful

noun (plural carfuls)
More example sentences
  • I think that would only happen with certain carfuls of people.
  • I brought another carful of stuff over here today - including all my CDs, something I was dreading doing for some reason, so this place gets more and more like my place.
  • A carful of teenagers, high on something, zoomed by, a sudden blast of raucous laughter shattering the warm peace of the night.

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