handcar

[ hand-kahr ]
/ ˈhændˌkɑr /
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noun

a small railroad car or platform on four wheels propelled by a mechanism worked by hand, used on some railroads for inspecting tracks and transporting workers.

Nearby words

  1. handbook,
  2. handbound,
  3. handbrake,
  4. handbrake turn,
  5. handbreadth,
  6. handcart,
  7. handclap,
  8. handclasp,
  9. handcraft,
  10. handcrafted

Origin of handcar

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; hand + car1

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Word Origin and History for hand-car

hand-car

n.

1846 in railroading sense, from hand (n.) + car.

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