from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A container, such as a slatted wooden case, used for storing or shipping.
- n. Slang An old rickety vehicle, especially a decrepit automobile or aircraft.
- transitive v. To pack into a container, such as a slatted wooden case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large open box or basket, used especially to transport fragile goods.
- v. To put into a crate.
- v. To keep in a crate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large basket or hamper of wickerwork, used for the transportation of china, crockery, and similar wares.
- n. A box or case whose sides are of wooden slats with interspaces, -- used especially for transporting fruit.
- transitive v. To pack in a crate or case for transportation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of basket or hamper of wickerwork, used for the transportation of china, glass, crockery, and similar wares; hence, any openwork casing, as a box made of slats used for packing or transporting commodities, as peaches.
- n. The amount held by such a casing.
- n. In glass manufacturing, a lot of twelve tables or disks of crown-glass. See table, 1 .
- To put or pack in a crate for transportation: as, to crate fruit, furniture, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quantity contained in a crate
- n. a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
- v. put into a crate; as for protection
Latin crātis, wickerwork.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch krat ("crate, large box, basket"), from Middle Dutch cratte ("basketware, mold"), from Old Dutch *kratta, *kratto (“basket”), from Proto-Germanic *kratjô, *krattijô (“basket”), from Proto-Indo-European *gred-, *gre(n)t- (“plaiting, wicker, basket, cradle”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to bind, twist, wind”). Cognate with West Frisian kret ("wheelbarrow"), German Krätze ("basket"), Old English cræt, ceart ("cart, wagon, chariot"), Old Norse kartr ("wagon"). More at cart. (Wiktionary)