Definition of cart in English:

cart

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Pronunciation: /kɑːt
 
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noun

  • 1A strong open vehicle with two or four wheels, typically used for carrying loads and pulled by a horse: a horse and cart
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1.2 (also shopping cart) North American term for shopping trolley.
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    • The foreground clutter of grocery carts and trolleys in this painting is as intricately painted as everything else.
    • He lunges at her, knocking a supermarket cart aside.
    • I don't care if they become president of the United States or the person in charge of bringing the carts in from the supermarket parking lot.
  • 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 meat was pickled in salt and carted to El Paso
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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
    transport, convey, haul, transfer, move, conduct, transmit, shift, fetch, take, ferry; carry, lug, tote, heave, heft, drag
    informal hump, schlep
  • 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] 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 were carted off to the nearest police station
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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.
  • 2.2 Cricket Hit (the ball) with a powerful stroke that sends it a long way: he carted Sinfield for six
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    • Srinath too proved that he is no slouch, carting the ball to all parts in his 40-ball stay at the wicket.
    • He carted pace bowler Shane Bond for a huge six over his head before being dropped at mid-off by Mark Richardson.
    • Hamish Marshall followed for 6 and it took Craig McMillan, who carted 33 off 35 balls, to lift New Zealand past 250.

Phrases

in the cart

British informal In trouble or difficulty: if he didn’t finish the round the whole team would be in the cart
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  • So now you know why British manufacturing is in the cart.
  • Once he did that he put himself in the cart and he was always on a hiding to nothing.

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

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.

Origin

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

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