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car1

[kahr] /kɑr/
noun
1.
an automobile.
2.
a vehicle running on rails, as a streetcar or railroad car.
3.
the part of an elevator, balloon, modern airship, etc., that carries the passengers, freight, etc.
4.
British Dialect. any wheeled vehicle, as a farm cart or wagon.
5.
Literary. a chariot, as of war or triumph.
6.
Archaic. cart; carriage.
Origin of car1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English carre < Anglo-French < Late Latin carra (feminine singular), Latin carra, neuter plural of carrum, variant of carrus < Celtic; compare Old Irish carr wheeled vehicle
Related forms
carless, adjective

car2

[kahr] /kɑr/
adjective, Chiefly Scot.
2.
Origin
1375-1425; Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic cearr

CAR

1.
computer-assisted retrieval.
Origin
First recorded in 1980-85

car.

1.
carat; carats.
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Examples from the Web for car
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  • They awoke one morning to find the car on a siding at the One Girl mine.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Thought it might be some of you folks when I saw the car," said Higbee, shaking hands all around.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • When he set out he meant to reach the car and go back to town at once.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She bowed curtly to Grace and Emma as her car whizzed by them.

  • Running the car into the shadow of a ruined house, I try to sleep.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for car

car

/kɑː/
noun
1.
  1. Also called motorcar, automobile. a self-propelled road vehicle designed to carry passengers, esp one with four wheels that is powered by an internal-combustion engine
  2. (as modifier): car coat
2.
a conveyance for passengers, freight, etc, such as a cable car or the carrier of an airship or balloon
3.
(Brit) a railway vehicle for passengers only, such as a sleeping car or buffet car
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) a railway carriage or van
5.
(mainly US) the enclosed platform of a lift
6.
a poetic word for chariot
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French carre, ultimately related to Latin carra, carrum two-wheeled wagon, probably of Celtic origin; compare Old Irish carr

CAR

abbreviation
1.
compound annual return
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Word Origin and History for car
n.

c.1300, "wheeled vehicle," from Anglo-French carre, Old North French carre, from Vulgar Latin *carra, related to Latin carrum, carrus (plural carra), originally "two-wheeled Celtic war chariot," from Gaulish karros, a Celtic word (cf. Old Irish and Welsh carr "cart, wagon," Breton karr "chariot"), from PIE *krsos, from root *kers- "to run" (see current (adj.)).

"From 16th to 19th c. chiefly poetic, with associations of dignity, solemnity, or splendour ..." [OED]. Used in U.S. of railway carriages by 1826; extension to "automobile" is by 1896. Car bomb first 1972, in reference to Northern Ireland. The Latin word also is the source of Italian and Spanish carro, French char.

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Slang definitions & phrases for car

car

noun

A group of prisoners from the same city or other place; locational clique: All these kids were in the Sacramento car (1980s+ Prison)

Related Terms

funny car, prowl car

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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