- a heavy two-wheeled vehicle, commonly without springs, drawn by mules, oxen, or the like, used for the conveyance of heavy goods.
- a light two-wheeled vehicle with springs, drawn by a horse or pony.
- any small vehicle pushed or pulled by hand.
- Obsolete. a chariot.
- to haul or convey in or as if in a cart or truck: to cart garbage to the dump.
- to drive a cart.
- cart off/away, to transport or take away in an unceremonious manner: The police came and carted him off to jail.
- on the water cart, British. wagon(def 14).
- put the cart before the horse, to do or place things in improper order; be illogical.
Origin of cart
Examples from the Web for cart
Brand pushes her cart with Ashton in it alongside her coworkers (one of whom was later killed in the attack).Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
He places his cart at the corner and starts pushing the trash toward it.
Furry puts the bandanna in his pocket and moves on, walking behind the cart.
The other cart is gone and there is a black Buick parked at the curb.
He rolls the cart down Fourth, across Pontotoc and Linden, to his own block, where he parks it at the curb, between two cars.
This convinced me that the cart belonged to Mr. Gosse, who I knew had returned.Explorations in Australia
The people with the cart could not overtake me, and I returned.
He cleans up his four quarts three times a day, and is as big as a cart horse.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I demurred—I had got the paternal injunction to remain with the horse and cart.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
The boy understood that he was to draw the cart, but he knew not where.What Sami Sings with the Birds
- a heavy open vehicle, usually having two wheels and drawn by horses, used in farming and to transport goods
- a light open horse-drawn vehicle having two wheels and springs, for business or pleasure
- any small vehicle drawn or pushed by hand, such as a trolley
- put the cart before the horse to reverse the usual or natural order of things
- (usually tr) to use or draw a cart to convey (goods, etc)to cart groceries
- (tr) to carry with effort; haulto cart wood home
- radio television short for cartridge (def. 4)
- Championship Auto Racing Teams
Word Origin and History for cart
c.1200, from Old Norse kartr or a similar Scandinavian source, akin to and replacing Old English cræt "cart, wagon, chariot," perhaps originally "body of a cart made of wickerwork, hamper" and related to Middle Dutch cratte "woven mat, hamper," Dutch krat "basket," Old English cradol (see cradle (n.)). To put the cart before the horse in a figurative sense is from 1510s in those words; the image in other words dates to mid-14c.
"to carry in a cart," late 14c., from cart (n.). Related: Carted; carting.
Idioms and Phrases with cart
In addition to the idioms beginning with cart
- cart before the horse, put the
- cart off
- upset the applecart