- an automobile.
- a vehicle running on rails, as a streetcar or railroad car.
- the part of an elevator, balloon, modern airship, etc., that carries the passengers, freight, etc.
- British Dialect. any wheeled vehicle, as a farm cart or wagon.
- Literary. a chariot, as of war or triumph.
- Archaic. cart; carriage.
Origin of car1
Examples from the Web for carless
Historical Examples of carless
The first to open the work there was a Mr. Carless, a clergyman of the Church of England.Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia
M. E. Hume-Griffith
"And he was not half a bad sort, the governor," said Carless, shutting up the day-book.
"And he is gone to a land with which we have no extradition treaty," observed Carless, as Mr. Forde banged the door behind him.
- compound annual return
- Also called: motorcar, automobilea self-propelled road vehicle designed to carry passengers, esp one with four wheels that is powered by an internal-combustion engine
- (as modifier)car coat
- a conveyance for passengers, freight, etc, such as a cable car or the carrier of an airship or balloon
- British a railway vehicle for passengers only, such as a sleeping car or buffet car
- mainly US and Canadian a railway carriage or van
- mainly US the enclosed platform of a lift
- a poetic word for chariot
Word Origin for car
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.