- 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
Related Words for cartingwagon, truck, rickshaw, ferry, haul, tote, buggy, dray, gig, dolly, barrow, pushcart, handcart, tumbrel, palanquin, wheelbarrow, gurney, bring, move, bear
Examples from the Web for carting
Contemporary Examples of carting
(Last month, police raided the apartment complex, carting off boxes of Molotov cocktails).Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers
May 17, 2014
Carting an injured person, he was hauled up to the hovering helicopter.Dr. Richard Carmona Faces a Tough Race as the Democratic Candidate for Senate in Arizona
Terry Greene Sterling
May 19, 2012
Meanwhile, back at the negotiating table, Kerry has been carting in cupcakes to buck up colleagues, The Washington Post tells us.Supercommittee Sham: The Deadline and Trigger Farce
November 18, 2011
Expect to see many readers at the beach this summer carting around a 1,000-page novel with a dragon on the cover.George R.R. Martin’s Triumphant Return
July 7, 2011
Historical Examples of carting
The insect set about carting away his prize to a sheltered dining-room.The Industries of Animals
It seemed that no horses could be had even for the carriages, much less for the carting.War and Peace
For what could Gibson be wanting with him if it wasna to arrange about the carting?
But they mean to contract separate for carting the material.
"Ay, but I havena the contract for the carting," said Gibson.
- 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
Word Origin for cart
- radio television short for cartridge (def. 4)
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"to carry in a cart," late 14c., from cart (n.). Related: Carted; carting.
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cart
- cart before the horse, put the
- cart off
- upset the applecart