1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. “Phœbus' cart.”
2. A two-wheeled vehicle for the ordinary purposes of husbandry, or for transporting bulky and heavy articles.
Packing all his goods in one poor cart. --Dryden.
3. A light business wagon used by bakers, grocerymen, butchers, etc.
4. An open two-wheeled pleasure carriage.
Cart horse, a horse which draws a cart; a horse bred or used for drawing heavy loads; -- also spelled carthorse.
Cart rope, a stout rope for fastening a load on a cart; any strong rope.
To put the cart before the horse, To get the cart before the horse, or To set the cart before the horse, to invert the order of related facts or ideas, as by putting an effect for a cause; to do things in an improper order.
Cart, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carted; p. pr. & vb. n. Carting.]
1. To carry or convey in a cart.
2. To expose in a cart by way of punishment.
She chuckled when a bawd was carted. --Prior.
Cart, v. i. To carry burdens in a cart; to follow the business of a carter.
n 1: a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an
2: wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one
or two or four wheels; "he used a handcart to carry the
rocks away"; "their pushcart was piled high with
groceries" [syn: handcart, pushcart, go-cart]
v 1: draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets" [syn: haul,
2: transport something in a cart
a vehicle moving on wheels, and usually drawn by oxen (2 Sam.
6:3). The Hebrew word thus rendered, _'agalah_ (1 Sam. 6:7, 8),
is also rendered "wagon" (Gen. 45:19). It is used also to denote
a war-chariot (Ps. 46:9). Carts were used for the removal of the
ark and its sacred utensils (Num. 7:3, 6). After retaining the
ark amongst them for seven months, the Philistines sent it back
to the Israelites. On this occasion they set it in a new cart,
probably a rude construction, with solid wooden wheels like that
still used in Western Asia, which was drawn by two milch cows,
which conveyed it straight to Beth-shemesh.
A "cart rope," for the purpose of fastening loads on carts, is
used (Isa. 5:18) as a symbol of the power of sinful pleasures or
habits over him who indulges them. (See CORD.) In
Syria and Palestine wheel-carriages for any other purpose than
the conveyance of agricultural produce are almost unknown.