1. That with which anything is fraught or laden for transportation; lading; cargo, especially of a ship, or a car on a railroad, etc.; as, a freight of cotton; a full freight.
2. Law (a) The sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired. (b) The price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods.
3. Freight transportation, or freight line.
Freight a. Employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight; as, a freight car.
Freight agent, a person employed by a transportation company to receive, forward, or deliver goods.
Freight car. See under Car.
Freight train, a railroad train made up of freight cars; -- called in England goods train.
Freight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Freighting.] To load with goods, as a ship, or vehicle of any kind, for transporting them from one place to another; to furnish with freight; as, to freight a ship; to freight a car.
n 1: goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: cargo, lading, load,
loading, payload, shipment, consignment]
2: transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than
express rates [syn: freightage]
3: the charge for transporting something by common carrier; "we
pay the freight"; "the freight rate is usually cheaper"
[syn: freightage, freight rate]
v 1: transport commercially as cargo
2: load with goods for transportation