- 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 crashMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A railroad vehicle for passengers or freight: the first-class carsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2The passenger compartment of an elevator, cableway, airship, or balloon.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.
Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/noun (plural carfuls)
late Middle English (in the general sense 'wheeled vehicle'): from Old Northern French carre, based on Latin carrum, carrus, of Celtic origin.