from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small wheeled vehicle typically pushed by hand.
  • noun A two-wheeled vehicle drawn by an animal and used in farm work and for transporting goods.
  • noun The quantity that a cart can hold.
  • noun An open two-wheeled carriage.
  • noun A light motorized vehicle.
  • transitive verb To convey in a cart or truck.
  • transitive verb To convey laboriously or unceremoniously; lug.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To carry or convey in a cart: as, to cart goods.
  • To expose in a cart, by way of punishment.
  • To use carts for carriage.
  • noun A car or chariot.
  • noun A two-wheeled vehicle, shorter and higher set than a car, usually for one horse and often without springs, for the conveyance of heavy goods.
  • noun A cart-load. A cart of coals was formerly in England 8¾ hundredweight by statute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot.
  • noun A two-wheeled vehicle for the ordinary purposes of husbandry, or for transporting bulky and heavy articles.
  • noun A light business wagon used by bakers, grocerymen, butchers, etc.
  • noun An open two-wheeled pleasure carriage.
  • noun a horse which draws a cart; a horse bred or used for drawing heavy loads; -- also spelled carthorse.
  • noun a stout rope for fastening a load on a cart; any strong rope.
  • noun to invert the order of related facts or ideas, as by putting an effect for a cause; to do things in an improper order.
  • intransitive verb To carry burdens in a cart; to follow the business of a carter.
  • transitive verb To carry or convey in a cart.
  • transitive verb To expose in a cart by way of punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small, open, wheeled vehicle, drawn or pushed by a person or animal, more often used for transporting goods than passengers.
  • noun A small motor vehicle resembling a car; a go cart.
  • verb transitive To carry goods.
  • noun video games, informal A cartridge for a video game system.

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

  • noun wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels
  • noun a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
  • verb draw slowly or heavily
  • verb transport something in a cart


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

[Middle English, wagon, from Old English cræt and from Old Norse kartr.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from Old English cræt, from Old Norse kartr , from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, wind”).

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Shortened from cartridge.


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