a railroad car consisting of a platform without sides or top.

Nearby words

  1. flat-woven,
  2. flatbed,
  3. flatbed scanner,
  4. flatboat,
  5. flatbread,
  6. flatette,
  7. flatfish,
  8. flatfoot,
  9. flatfooted,
  10. flathead

Origin of flatcar

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; flat1 + car1

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Examples from the Web for flatcar

  • Thereupon they threw a line about the shack and with the engine hauled it to the side of a flatcar attached to the train.