1. the amount carried by a car, especially a freight car.
  2. the legal minimum weight entitling a railroad shipper to a rate (carload rate) lower than that charged for less than this weight.

Origin of carload

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; car1 + load Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for car-load

Historical Examples of car-load

  • He was tackling a delicate job—like juggling a car-load of dynamite.

  • Its quality is the same, in two-ounce samples or in car-load lots.

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    Eugene Wood

  • A Philadelphia speculator sent to Illinois and purchased a car-load of them.

    Abraham Lincoln

    William Eleroy Curtis

  • There was a car-load of provisions there, but the vandals were on hand.

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    Willis Fletcher Johnson

  • I sold Deming 1,237 Waterbury watches, and Blossom a car-load of can-openers.

    A Man of Samples

    Wm. H. Maher