boxcar

noun
box·car | \ˈbäks-ˌkär \

Definition of boxcar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a roofed freight car usually with sliding doors in the sides

boxcar

adjective

Definition of boxcar (Entry 2 of 2)

: very large the judge awarded her a boxcar figure

Examples of boxcar in a Sentence

Adjective

a boxcar pile of paper

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Blasts of reds from rhododendron bushes the size of railroad boxcars will stop you frequently, begging a closer look. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 Since the days of the Transcontinental Railroad, boxcars have shuttled all manner of goods. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "America’s Boxcar Pool Has a Leak in CSX," 10 June 2018 The night of the attack, police heard yelling and followed the noise to a boxcar. Jayme Fraser, The Malheur Enterprise, idahostatesman, "Doctors warned that Oregon killer, rapist would attack again. The state released him. | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 There are various scale model trains in action and visitors can step onboard a 1942 steam engine, a 1922 Pullman dining car, a 1975 boxcar and a 1950 caboose. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 The night of the attack, police heard yelling and followed the noise to a boxcar. Jayme Fraser, The Malheur Enterprise, idahostatesman, "Doctors warned that Oregon killer, rapist would attack again. The state released him. | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 The street boomed in the late 19th century when a large wooden boxcar factory was based there. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "From Blight to Bright Lights in Memphis," 18 May 2018 The night of the attack, police heard yelling and followed the noise to a boxcar. Jayme Fraser, The Malheur Enterprise, idahostatesman, "Doctors warned that Oregon killer, rapist would attack again. The state released him. | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 Those jobs don’t allow workers to deliver packages on the company’s traditional brown boxcars. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "UPS and Teamsters Discuss Two-Tier Wages, Sunday Deliveries," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of boxcar

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boxcar

Adjective

from the high numbers stenciled on the sides of boxcars

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The first known use of boxcar was in 1851

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boxcar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boxcar

: a section of a train that has a roof and large, sliding doors and that carries goods and supplies rather than people

boxcar

noun
box·car | \ˈbäks-ˌkär \

Kids Definition of boxcar

: a roofed freight car usually having sliding doors in the sides

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