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crate

[kreyt] /kreɪt/
noun
1.
a slatted wooden box or framework for packing, shopping, or storing fruit, furniture, glassware, crockery, etc.
2.
any completely enclosed boxlike packing or shipping case.
3.
Informal. something rickety and dilapidated, especially an automobile:
They're still driving around in the old crate they bought 20 years ago.
4.
a quantity, especially of fruit, that is often packed in a crate approximately 2 × 1 × 1 foot (0.6 × 0.3 × 0.3 meters):
a crate of oranges.
verb (used with object), crated, crating.
5.
to pack in a crate.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; 1915-20 for def 3; Middle English, obscurely akin to Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle
Related forms
recrate, verb (used with object), recrated, recrating.
uncrate, verb (used with object), uncrated, uncrating.
uncrated, adjective
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  • All their worldly goods and his library were moved about in huge trunks and crates.
British Dictionary definitions for crates

crate

/kreɪt/
noun
1.
a fairly large container, usually made of wooden slats or wickerwork, used for packing, storing, or transporting goods
2.
(slang) an old car, aeroplane, etc
verb
3.
(transitive) to pack or place in a crate
Derived Forms
crater, noun
crateful, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle
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Word Origin and History for crates

crate

n.

"large box," 1680s, earlier "hurdle, grillwork" (late 14c.), from Latin cratis "wickerwork, lattice, kitchen-rack," or from Dutch krat "basket;" both perhaps from a common PIE root *kert- "to turn, entwine" (see hurdle (n.)).

v.

"to put in a crate," 1871, from crate (n.). Related: Crated; crating.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crates

crate

noun
  1. A car, bus, airplane, etc, esp an old rickety one •Seems to have been used for airplanes before cars; this may be because early airplanes were literally wooden and cloth crates: A ''crate'' is a ''junker'' with one surge left (1920+)
  2. A jail (1920s+ Hoboes)
verb

To arrest and jail: We crate Major and they'll go. But they won't leave him there (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for crates

Crates

ancient Greek actor and author of comedies. He is considered one of the lesser poets of Attic Old Comedy; his contemporaries were Cratinus and Aristophanes.

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