Definitions

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

  • noun A railroad freight car without sides or a roof.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A railroad-car consisting of a platform without sides or top; a platform-car.

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

  • noun (Railroads) a railroad car without permanent sides or roof.

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

  • noun A railroad freight car without sides or a roof.

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

  • noun freight car without permanent sides or roof

Etymologies

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From flat +‎ car.

Examples

  • Containers are filled at their point of origin, sent to a port by truck or railroad flatcar, and hoisted aboard a vessel specially designed to carry as many as ten thousand so-called cans.

    Makeshift Metropolis

  • Containers are filled at their point of origin, sent to a port by truck or railroad flatcar, and hoisted aboard a vessel specially designed to carry as many as ten thousand so-called cans.

    Makeshift Metropolis

  • Containers are filled at their point of origin, sent to a port by truck or railroad flatcar, and hoisted aboard a vessel specially designed to carry as many as ten thousand so-called cans.

    Makeshift Metropolis

  • Still, that train derailing in the Arizona desert and a flatcar dumping a steam tractor in my Cinerama-enhanced lap is fixed forever and all time in my brain.

    Wednesday, Feb. 24 – The Bleat.

  • He flung the reins from his hand and ran after the flatcar, heedless of the bullets crisscrossing through the air around him, and emptied the cylinder of his single-action Colt .45 at the machine gunner.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • The load consisted of a two-piece transformer – one component on a heavy duty depressed center flatcar, the other on a cradle carried by a Schnabel car.

    Sarracenia

  • Normally the flatcar would have been a ‘lookit that!’ item – with the Schnabel two cars away, it lacked punch.

    Sarracenia

  • Also note the wee bike wagon or flatcar in front of the tram.

    Gondola planned for Burnaby Mountain « Stephen Rees's blog

  • The load consisted of a two-piece transformer – one component on a heavy duty depressed center flatcar, the other on a cradle carried by a Schnabel car.

    BBCX 1000

  • Normally the flatcar would have been a ‘lookit that!’ item – with the Schnabel two cars away, it lacked punch.

    More Schnabel

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