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[kahrt] /kɑrt/
a heavy two-wheeled vehicle, commonly without springs, drawn by mules, oxen, or the like, used for the conveyance of heavy goods.
a light two-wheeled vehicle with springs, drawn by a horse or pony.
any small vehicle pushed or pulled by hand.
Obsolete. a chariot.
verb (used with object)
to haul or convey in or as if in a cart or truck:
to cart garbage to the dump.
verb (used without object)
to drive a cart.
Verb phrases
cart off/away, to transport or take away in an unceremonious manner:
The police came and carted him off to jail.
on the water cart, British, wagon (def 14).
put the cart before the horse, to do or place things in improper order; be illogical.
Origin of cart
before 900; Middle English cart(e), Old English cræt (by metathesis); cognate with Old Norse kartr cart
Related forms
cartable, adjective
carter, noun
uncarted, adjective
Can be confused
cart, carte. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cart
  • There are other antiques with barrels as big as stove-pipes, things you carry on a cart or stand on a tripod.
  • Whenever you're hungry, not when the stinky cart clunks by.
  • Arrange plants on a nursery cart to see which ones work well together.
  • Planning a menu in advance of planting the menu puts the cart before the horse.
  • Cravings and curiosity, rather than price tags, often guide what lands in my grocery cart.
  • But police confiscated his unlicensed cart, slapping and insulting him.
  • Apparently, this also discourages impulse shoppers who stick the filet mignon in their cart and trot it up to the register.
  • And people hand-pick their fresh fruit and vegetables from hand-cart hawkers and pavement vendors.
  • At a third cart, she bought yet another bowl of food.
  • On his way out the door, he paused to grab a beer from the beverage cart.
British Dictionary definitions for cart


a heavy open vehicle, usually having two wheels and drawn by horses, used in farming and to transport goods
a light open horse-drawn vehicle having two wheels and springs, for business or pleasure
any small vehicle drawn or pushed by hand, such as a trolley
put the cart before the horse, to reverse the usual or natural order of things
(usually transitive) to use or draw a cart to convey (goods, etc): to cart groceries
(transitive) to carry with effort; haul: to cart wood home
Derived Forms
cartable, adjective
carter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse kartr; related to Old English cræt carriage, Old French carete; see car


(radio, television) short for cartridge (sense 4)


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Word Origin and History for cart

c.1200, from Old Norse kartr or a similar Scandinavian source, akin to and replacing Old English cræt "cart, wagon, chariot," perhaps originally "body of a cart made of wickerwork, hamper" and related to Middle Dutch cratte "woven mat, hamper," Dutch krat "basket," Old English cradol (see cradle (n.)). To put the cart before the horse in a figurative sense is from 1510s in those words; the image in other words dates to mid-14c.


"to carry in a cart," late 14c., from cart (n.). Related: Carted; carting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cart



To transport; move; take: I carted him over to the drug store/ Jesse James could have waltzed in there and carted off all the patio furniture (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for cart


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cart in the Bible

a vehicle moving on wheels, and usually drawn by oxen (2 Sam. 6:3). The Hebrew word thus rendered, _'agalah_ (1 Sam. 6:7, 8), is also rendered "wagon" (Gen. 45:19). It is used also to denote a war-chariot (Ps. 46:9). Carts were used for the removal of the ark and its sacred utensils (Num. 7:3, 6). After retaining the ark amongst them for seven months, the Philistines sent it back to the Israelites. On this occasion they set it in a new cart, probably a rude construction, with solid wooden wheels like that still used in Western Asia, which was drawn by two milch cows, which conveyed it straight to Beth-shemesh. A "cart rope," for the purpose of fastening loads on carts, is used (Isa. 5:18) as a symbol of the power of sinful pleasures or habits over him who indulges them. (See CORD.) In Syria and Palestine wheel-carriages for any other purpose than the conveyance of agricultural produce are almost unknown.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with cart
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