cart off


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.

before 900; Middle English cart(e), Old English cræt (by metathesis); cognate with Old Norse kartr cart

cartable, adjective
carter, noun
uncarted, adjective

cart, carte. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
cart1 (kɑːt)
1.  a heavy open vehicle, usually having two wheels and drawn by horses, used in farming and to transport goods
2.  a light open horse-drawn vehicle having two wheels and springs, for business or pleasure
3.  any small vehicle drawn or pushed by hand, such as a trolley
4.  put the cart before the horse to reverse the usual or natural order of things
5.  (usually tr) to use or draw a cart to convey (goods, etc): to cart groceries
6.  (tr) to carry with effort; haul: to cart wood home
[C13: from Old Norse kartr; related to Old English cræt carriage, Old French carete; see car]

cart2 (kɑːt)
radio, television short for cartridge

abbreviation for
Championship Auto Racing Teams

cart off, cart away or cart out
informal (tr, adverb) to carry or remove brusquely or by force
cart away, cart away or cart out
cart out, cart away or cart out

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. kartr, akin to O.E. cræt "chariot," perhaps orig. "body of a cart made of wickerwork, hamper;" related to O.E. cradol (see cradle). The verb meaning "to carry in a cart" is from c.1440.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Championship Auto Racing Team

  2. cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript

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Bible Dictionary

Cart definition

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 & Phrases

cart off

Also, cart away. Transport or remove in an unceremonious way, as in The police carted them all off to jail, or We'll call the town to cart away this trash. This term owes its meaning to cart, a humble conveyance compared to a carriage. [Second half of 1800s]

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