car /ˈkɑr, ||ˈkɔr, ˈkjɑr/
1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart.
2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.]
Note: ☞ In England a railroad passenger car is called a railway carriage; a freight car a goods wagon; a platform car a goods truck; a baggage car a van. But styles of car introduced into England from America are called cars; as, tram car. Pullman car. See Train.
3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic].
The gilded car of day. --Milton.
The towering car, the sable steeds. --Tennyson.
4. Astron. The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper.
The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. --Dryden.
5. The cage of a lift or elevator.
6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to contain passengers, ballast, etc.
7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.]
Car coupling, or Car coupler, a shackle or other device for connecting the cars in a railway train. [U. S.]
Dummy car Railroad, a car containing its own steam power or locomotive.
Freight car Railrood, a car for the transportation of merchandise or other goods. [U. S.]
Hand car Railroad, a small car propelled by hand, used by railroad laborers, etc. [U. S.]
Horse car, or Street car, an omnibus car, draw by horses or other power upon rails laid in the streets. [U. S.]
Palace car, Drawing-room car, Sleeping car, Parlor car, etc. Railroad, cars especially designed and furnished for the comfort of travelers.
n 1: 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal
combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work" [syn:
auto, automobile, machine, motorcar]
2: a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; "three
cars had jumped the rails" [syn: railcar, railway car,
3: a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway;
"they took a cable car to the top of the mountain" [syn: cable
4: car suspended from an airship and carrying personnel and
cargo and power plant [syn: gondola]
5: where passengers ride up and down; "the car was on the top
floor" [syn: elevator car]