- goods, cargo, or lading transported for pay, whether by water, land, or air.
- the ordinary conveyance or means of transport of goods provided by common carriers (distinguished from express): Shipping by freight is less expensive.
- the charges, fee, or compensation paid for such transportation: We pay the freight.
- (especially in Britain) the cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a vessel; merchandise transported by water.
- Chiefly British. transportation of goods by water.
- freight train.
- Slang. cost or price, especially when high: I'd like a larger house, but can't afford the freight.
- to load; burden: a story heavily freighted with private meaning.
- to load with goods or merchandise for transportation: It took all night to freight the ship.
- to transport as freight; send by freight.
Origin of freight
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Examples from the Web for freight
Up in the tower, Bucca was joined by Battalion Chief Orio Palmer, who had managed to get a freight elevator to bring him part way.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
Toledo is a tough city, a factory town, a freight train junction, a lake steamer port.Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
The danger is a bigger fire in an under-floor baggage or freight hold.What Pilots Fear
September 3, 2009
She was to receive a freight of flour, for Cowes and a market.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
"My name is 'Dennis,' if I don't beat that freight," she retorted curtly.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He had come at twenty-two, beating his way on freight trains.
There are long lines of freight cars here and snorting locomotives.
Some of them did not unload, but others dumped piles of freight by the docks.
- commercial transport that is slower and cheaper than express
- the price charged for such transport
- goods transported by this means
- (as modifier)freight transport
- mainly British a ship's cargo or part of it
- to load with goods for transport
- mainly US and Canadian to convey commercially as or by freight
- to load or burden; charge
Word Origin and History for freight
early 13c., fraght, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht, meaning originally "cost of transport" and probably from a lost Old Frisian word, from Proto-Germanic *fra-aihtiz "absolute possession, property" (cf. Old High German freht "earnings"), from *fra-, intensive prefix, + *aik "to be master of, possess," from PIE *aik- (see owe). Meaning "transporting of goods or passengers for money" is from late 14c. Danish fragt, Swedish frakt apparently also are from Frisian. As a verb, from late 14c.