American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The freight carried by a ship, an aircraft, or another vehicle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lading or freight of a ship; the goods, merchandise, or whatever is conveyed in a ship or other merchant vessel. The lading within the hold is called the inboard cargo, in distinction from freight, such as horses and cattle, carried on deck. The term is usually applied to goods only, but in a less technical sense it may include persons.
- n. [Appar. a slang use, perhaps of other origin. Cf. cargo.] A term of contempt applied to a man, usually explained as “bully” or “bravo”: found only in the following passage.
- An exclamation of surprise or contempt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The lading or freight of a ship or other vessel; the goods, merchandise, or whatever is conveyed in a vessel or boat; load; freight.
- n. goods carried by a large vehicle
- From Spanish cargo ("load, burden"), from cargar ("to load"), from Late Latin carricare. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, from cargar, to load, from Late Latin carricāre, from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon; see kers- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So impressed, in fact, that a new religion was born out of the old beliefs: the worship of ‘cargo’ cargo is pidgin for goods of any kind.”
“The freight cars get priority, * even though their cargo is usually a little less time sensitive than people.”
“University of Sheffield is developing what it calls a cargo-screening ferret that uses a combination of laser and fiber-optic technology to sniff out the tiniest traces of drugs, weapons, explosives and even illegal immigrants.”
“So instead of writing new material today, I was rewriting scenes I wrote in the past couple of days, to ensure that I got one character (and important ... let's call it "cargo") into orbit where they have to be for the rest of the book to pan out the way I envision.”
“A friend of ours, a Mexican, returned from the US and met us in cargo shorts, a Hawaiian shirt and untied jogging shoes .... we teased him unmercifully that he had turned into a gringo.”
“Dag Daughtry strolled along the beach, Michael at his heels or running circles of delight around him at every repetition of that strange low lip-noise, and paused just outside the circle of lantern light where dusky forms laboured with landing cargo from the whale-boats and where the Commissioner's clerk and the”
“And it fits in cargo pocket perfectly while you get to a good spot to drain it, I would advise draining it 100yrds or so from your stand in a simular fashion explained above ....”
“Authorities intercepted two U. S.-bound packages laden with explosives in cargo shipments from Yemen, raising alarm in the U.S. and Europe.”
“The company's biennial air-freight forecast assumes global gross-domestic - product growth of 3.2% a year and comes amid heightened scrutiny of the sector after the discovery of explosive materials in cargo shipments in the U.K. and Dubai last week.”
“WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities believe two packages laden with explosives that were found in cargo shipments from Yemen may have been shipped by suspected militants linked to language schools there, officials say.”
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