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crate

[kreyt]
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; 1915–20 for def 3; Middle English, obscurely akin to Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle

recrate, verb (used with object), recrated, recrating.
uncrate, verb (used with object), uncrated, uncrating.
uncrated, adjective
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crate (kreɪt)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to pack or place in a crate
 
[C16: from Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle]
 
'crater
 
n
 
'crateful
 
n

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crate
1688, from L. cratis "wickerwork, lattice," or from Du. krat "basket."
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crate definition


  1. n.
    a dilapidated vehicle. : This crate gets me to work and back. That's good enough.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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