Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The freight carried by a ship, an aircraft, or another vehicle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Freight carried by a ship, aircraft etc.
  • n. Western material goods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. goods carried by a large vehicle

Etymologies

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)
From Spanish cargo ("load, burden"), from cargar ("to load"), from Late Latin carricare. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Cargo Cults

  • The freight cars get priority, * even though their cargo is usually a little less time sensitive than people.

    Eschaton

  • 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.

    Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

  • 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.

    The first sentence I wrote today...

  • 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.

    how to "pass" for a Mexican

  • 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

    CHAPTER 2

  • 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 ....

    To Pee or Not To Pee Off Your Treestand?

  • Authorities intercepted two U. S.-bound packages laden with explosives in cargo shipments from Yemen, raising alarm in the U.S. and Europe.

    Packages Spark Security Concerns

  • 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.

    Boeing Sees China Becoming World's No. 2 Jet Market

  • 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.

    Packages May Have Been Sent by Militants Linked to Schools; Arrests Made

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