Definitions

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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • So I think freight will clearly -- the incremental cost in freight will go up, but we've done some things to actually take what we call freight miles, if you will, out of our system.

  • We believe that our high charter coverage for the next two years should result in high vessel utilization while minimizing the effects of short term freight rate volatility on our cash flows.

  • The economy is like a friggin freight train on a downgrade ....

    Obama: Figures show recession slowing, despite job report

  • Obviously an electrification of STRACNET and elimination of bottlenecks where bulk freight is interfering with container freight will capture the bulk of the very long truck hauls … what the 110mph system permits is capture of more medium distance business.

    Matthew Yglesias » Ride the Freight Train

  • For the inaugural show, it is lined with Mr. Kuitca's "Le Sacre," 54 mattresses painted with random maps, an unintentional reference, perhaps, to the padding found in freight elevators.

    New Gallery Elevates the Bowery

  • The first half of January saw a tidal wave of shippers closing retail stores and factories, curbing current output and capital spending – measures that can only mean more declines in freight demand.

    Matthew Yglesias » Question for Stimuskeptics

  • I guess we got a celebration comin ', seein' as we're going to pull up stakes an 'pull our freight from the old burg.

    CHAPTER XVII

  • Guess the freight is less than the costs of taxes and regulations.

    Sound Politics: Shapley's Audition

  • Not like Jack London, either, who was in Vera Cruz looking as if he'd hopped a freight from the Klondike.

    The One in White

  • We believe that the Midwest has faced discrimination in freight rates and that this discrimination has worked to retard the growth of the St. Lawrence Seaway, of our lake ports, and of our economy.

    The Contemporary American State—Federal System

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