skeleton car

noun Railroads.

a freight car essentially consisting of a central longitudinal girder fastened to the trucks, sometimes supplemented by one or more pairs of cross cantilevers: used for carrying logs or containers.

Nearby words

  1. skeletal muscle,
  2. skeletal system,
  3. skeletal traction,
  4. skeletally,
  5. skeleton,
  6. skeleton in the closet,
  7. skeleton key,
  8. skeletonize,
  9. skelf,
  10. skelic index

Origin of skeleton car

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019