Definitions

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

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a railroad car without permanent sides or roof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. freight car without permanent sides or roof

Etymologies

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From flat +‎ car.

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Gondola planned for Burnaby Mountain « Stephen Rees's blog

  • In 1851, Millard Fillmore's Secretary of State, Daniel Webster, rode out in the open on a flatcar so he could get a better view.

    Chugging Into Washington

  • Then he heard the clickety-clack of rails and felt the sway of travel, and realized that he was on his back on a flatcar riding through a tunnel.

    Deeper

  • A second container from another truck is double stacked on lower container already on BNSF flatcar.

    Courtesy Intermodal Transportation Institute Truck...

  • A container can be lifted directly from the ship to a railroad flatcar or truck chassis.

    Shipping News

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