from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small wheeled vehicle typically pushed by hand: a shopping cart; a pastry cart.
  • n. A two-wheeled vehicle drawn by an animal and used in farm work and for transporting goods.
  • n. The quantity that a cart can hold.
  • n. An open two-wheeled carriage.
  • n. A light motorized vehicle: a golf cart.
  • transitive v. To convey in a cart or truck: cart away garbage.
  • transitive v. To convey laboriously or unceremoniously; lug: carted the whole gang off to jail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, open, wheeled vehicle, drawn or pushed by a person or animal, more often used for transporting goods than passengers.
  • n. A small motor vehicle resembling a car; a go cart.
  • v. To carry goods.
  • n. A cartridge for a video game system.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot.
  • n. A two-wheeled vehicle for the ordinary purposes of husbandry, or for transporting bulky and heavy articles.
  • n. A light business wagon used by bakers, grocerymen, butchers, etc.
  • n. An open two-wheeled pleasure carriage.
  • intransitive v. To carry burdens in a cart; to follow the business of a carter.
  • transitive v. To carry or convey in a cart.
  • transitive v. To expose in a cart by way of punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To carry or convey in a cart: as, to cart goods.
  • To expose in a cart, by way of punishment.
  • To use carts for carriage.
  • n. A car or chariot.
  • n. A two-wheeled vehicle, shorter and higher set than a car, usually for one horse and often without springs, for the conveyance of heavy goods.
  • n. A cart-load. A cart of coals was formerly in England 8¾ hundredweight by statute.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels
  • n. a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
  • v. draw slowly or heavily
  • v. transport something in a cart


Middle English, wagon, from Old English cræt and from Old Norse kartr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Old English cræt, from Old Norse kartr , from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, wind”). (Wiktionary)
Shortened from cartridge. (Wiktionary)



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