draying

draying

[drey-ing]
noun
the business, occupation, or activities of driving a dray.

Origin:
1855–60; dray + -ing1

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dray

[drey]
noun
1.
a low, strong cart without fixed sides, for carrying heavy loads.
2.
a sledge or sled.
3.
any vehicle, as a truck, used to haul goods, especially one used to carry heavy loads.
verb (used with object)
4.
to convey on a dray.
verb (used without object)
5.
to drive or operate a dray, especially as an occupation.
6.
to convey goods by dray, especially locally or for short distances.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English draye sledge; compare Old English draeg- (in drægnet dragnet), akin to dragan to draw

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dray1 (dreɪ)
 
n
1.  a.  a low cart without fixed sides, used for carrying heavy loads
 b.  (in combination): a drayman
2.  any other vehicle or sledge used to carry a heavy load
 
[Old English dræge dragnet; related to Old Norse draga load of timber carried on horseback and trailing on the ground; see draw]

dray2 (dreɪ)
 
n
a variant spelling of drey

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dray
mid-14c., M.E. derivative of O.E. dragan "to draw," originally meaning a cart without wheels that has to be "dragged" (cf. O.N. draga "timber dragged behind a horse"); see drag.
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