American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A four-wheeled, usually horse-drawn vehicle with a large rectangular body, used for transporting loads.
- n. A light automotive transport or delivery vehicle.
- n. A station wagon.
- n. A police patrol wagon.
- n. A child's low, four-wheeled cart hauled by a long handle that governs the direction of the front wheels.
- n. A small table or tray on wheels used for serving drinks or food: a dessert wagon.
- n. The Big Dipper
- n. Chiefly British An open railway freight car.
- v. To transport or undergo transportation by wagon.
- idiom. off the wagon Slang No longer abstaining from alcoholic beverages.
- idiom. on the wagon Slang Abstaining from alcoholic beverages.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A four-wheeled vehicle; a wain; specifically, a four-wheeled vehicle designed for the transport of heavy loads, or (of lighter build) for various purposes of business, as the delivery of goods purchased at a shop, or of express packages; loosely, such a vehicle, similar to the lighter business wagons, used for pleasure. The typical heavy wagon is a strong vehicle drawn by two or three horses yoked abreast, the fore wheels much smaller than the hind pair, and their axle swiveled to the body of the wagon to facilitate turning.
- n. An open four-wheeled vehicle for the conveyance of goods on railways.
- n. A chariot.
- n. A tool for trimming the edges of gold-leaf to size for a book. It consists of a frame carrying four edges of cane for cutting the gold-leaf, which does not adhere to cane as it would to metal.
- n. In mining, a car; a mine-car.
- To transport, convey, or carry in a wagon: as, to wagon goods.
- n. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads.
- n. A child's riding toy, four-wheeled and pulled or steered by a long handle in the front.
- n. US, Australia, slang A station wagon (or SUV).
- n. slang A paddy wagon.
- n. A truck, or lorry.
- n. Ireland, slang, dated, derogatory A derogatory term for a woman; bitch; slapper; cow.
- v. transitive To transport by means of a wagon.
- v. intransitive To travel in a wagon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A wheeled carriage; a vehicle on four wheels, and usually drawn by horses; especially, one used for carrying freight or merchandise.
- n. engraving A freight car on a railway.
- n. obsolete A chariot.
- n. (Astron.) The Dipper, or Charles's Wain.
- v. To transport in a wagon or wagons.
- v. To wagon goods as a business.
- n. van used by police to transport prisoners
- n. any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by an animal or a tractor
- n. a child's four-wheeled toy cart sometimes used for coasting
- n. a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
- n. a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
- From Dutch wagen, waghen, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz. Compare wain. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English waggin, from Middle Dutch wagen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then, we had five two-horse wagon loads of goods and furniture, and seven in family; now, our possessions were only a few articles, in _a one-horse wagon_, with an addition of two members to our household!”
“Wagon - Buddhism uses the term wagon or vehicle to indicate different religious traditions.”
“And now the wagon is being approached by a bunch of armed strangers.”
“The one that has never fallen off the wagon is the liar and coward because they could not admit it.”
“On this dull rainy Monday this wagon is the only spot of colour.”
“They were heading for the emigrant trail, that being what we called the wagon road across the plains in those days.”
“Keeping the most economically muscular hitched to our financial wagon is especially important now, when Americans see themselves competing for prosperity, not with Wall Street, but with China.”
“Saunders, a Yale graduate, said his step-father had been one of the famous "Buffalo Soldiers" on the plains, protecting white settlers traveling west in wagon trains.”
“The driver was a young giant, and when he climbed on top his load and poised a lump of coal in both hands, a policeman, who was just scaling the wagon from the side, let go and dropped back to earth.”
“The little wagon is a popular feature now at Sugar Creek and makes even the toughest truck driver stop and smile.”
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