car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar

(noun) a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; “he needs a car to get to work”

car, railcar, railway car, railroad car

(noun) a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; “three cars had jumped the rails”

car, elevator car

(noun) where passengers ride up and down; “the car was on the top floor”

car, gondola

(noun) the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun


The most widespread of the Nicobarese languages spoken in the Nicobar Islands of India (ISO 839-3 code "caq").


• (language): Car Nicobarese


• ARC, CRA, RAC, RCA, acr-, arc, arc-, rac-

Etymology 1


car (plural cars)

A wheeled vehicle that moves independently, with at least three wheels, powered mechanically, steered by a driver and mostly for personal transportation; a motorcar or automobile.

Synonyms: auto, motorcar, vehicle, automobile (US), motor (Britain, colloquial), carriage (obsolete)

(dated) A wheeled vehicle, drawn by a horse or other animal; a chariot.

(UK, Birmingham, obsolete) A four-wheeled cab, as opposed to a (two-wheeled) Hansom cab.

(rail transport, chiefly, North America) An unpowered unit in a railroad train.

Synonyms: railcar, wagon

(rail transport) an individual vehicle, powered or unpowered, in a multiple unit.

(rail transport) A passenger-carrying unit in a subway or elevated train, whether powered or not.

A rough unit of quantity approximating the amount which would fill a railroad car.

Synonyms: carload, wagonload

The moving, load-carrying component of an elevator or other cable-drawn transport mechanism.

The passenger-carrying portion of certain amusement park rides, such as Ferris wheels.

Synonym: carriage

The part of an airship, such as a balloon or dirigible, which houses the passengers and control apparatus.

Synonyms: gondola, basket (balloons only)

(sailing) A sliding fitting that runs along a track.

(uncountable, US, slang) The aggregate of desirable characteristics of a car.

(US) A floating perforated box for living fish.


• See also automobile

Etymology 2


car (plural cars)

(obsolete) A turn.

Etymology 3

Acronym of contents of the address part of register number. Note that it was based on original hardware and has no meaning today.


car (plural cars)

(computing) The first part of a cons in LISP. The first element of a list


• cdr


• ARC, CRA, RAC, RCA, acr-, arc, arc-, rac-

Proper noun


Initialism of Central African Republic.

(sports) Abbreviation of Carolina. (North Carolina or South Carolina, states in the United States of America)

Initialism of Cordillera Administrative Region.


CAR (uncountable)

(uncountable, chemistry) Abbreviation of carnitine.


• ARC, CRA, RAC, RCA, acr-, arc, arc-, rac-

Source: Wiktionary

Car, n. Etym: [OF. car, char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir. & Gael. carr. cf. Chariot.]

1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart.

2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad. [U. S.]

Note: In England a railroad passenger car is called a railway carriage; a freight car a goods wagon; a platform car a goods truck; a baggage car a van. But styles of car introduced into England from America are called cars; as, tram car. Pullman car. See Train.

3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity. [Poetic]. The gilded car of day. Milton. The towering car, the sable steeds. Tennyson.

4. (Astron.)

Definition: The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper. The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. Dryden.

5. The cage of a lift or elevator.

6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a ballon to contain passengers, ballast, etc.

7. A floating perforated box for living fish. [U. S.] Car coupling, or Car coupler, a shackle or other device for connecting the cars in a railway train. [U. S.] -- Dummy car (Railroad), a car containing its own steam power or locomotive.

– Freight car (Railrood), a car for the transportation of merchandise or other goods. [U. S.] -- Hand car (Railroad), a small car propelled by hand, used by railroad laborers, etc. [U. S.] -- Horse car, or Street car, an ommibus car, draw by horses or other power upon rails laid in the streets. [U. S.] -- Palace car, Drawing- room car, Sleeping car, Parior caretc. , (Railroad), cars especially designed and furnished for the comfort of travelers.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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