from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Goods carried by a vessel or vehicle, especially by a commercial carrier; cargo.
- n. A burden; a load.
- n. Commercial transportation of goods.
- n. The charge for transporting goods. Also called freightage.
- n. A railway train carrying goods only.
- transitive v. To convey commercially as cargo.
- transitive v. To load with goods to be transported.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Payment for transportation.
- n. Goods or items in transport.
- n. Transport of goods.
- v. To transport (goods).
- v. To load with freight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That with which anything is fraught or laden for transportation; lading; cargo, especially of a ship, or a car on a railroad, etc.
- n. The sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired.
- n. The price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods.
- n. Freight transportation, or freight line.
- adj. Employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight.
- transitive v. To load with goods, as a ship, or vehicle of any kind, for transporting them from one place to another; to furnish with freight
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a ship; lading; that which is carried by water; in the United States and Canada, in general, anything carried for pay either by water or by land; the lading of a ship, canal-boat, railroad-car, wagon, etc.
- n. The price paid for the transportation of goods or merchandise by sea; by extension, in the United States and Canada, in general, the price paid for the transportation of goods or merchandise by land or by sea.
- n. In a more general sense, the price paid for the use of a ship, including the transportation of passengers.
- To load or lade with goods or merchandise for transportation: often used figuratively.
- To hire for the transportation of goods or merchandise.
- To carry or transport as freight.
- Same as fraught.
- n. Short for freight-train.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. goods carried by a large vehicle
- n. transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates
- v. transport commercially as cargo
- n. the charge for transporting something by common carrier
- v. load with goods for transportation
Middle English fraught, freight, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English freyght, from Middle Dutch vracht, Middle Low German vrecht ("cost of transport"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fra- (intensive prefix) + Proto-Germanic *aihtiz (“possession”), from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ- (“to possess”), equivalent to for- + aught. Cognate with Old High German frēht ("earnings"), Old English ǣht ("owndom"). More at for-, own. (Wiktionary)