boxcar

noun
box·​car | \ ˈbäks-ˌkär How to pronounce boxcar (audio) \

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

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Examples of boxcar in a Sentence

Adjective

a boxcar pile of paper

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For ice pick, rolling, and boxcar scars, Gross says to seek a collagen-boosting treatment, like the in-office laser Smooth Beam. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 Gross says there are four different types of acne scars one can get: ice pick, rolling, boxcar and hypertrophic. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 Prix-fixe Mexican gastronomy, served in a boxcar, at Mixtli. Mike Sutter, WSJ, "The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.," 19 Oct. 2018 The other shipped out in boxcars along the rail line in an aborted British attempt to capture Vologda, a transportation hub about 460 miles south of Archangel. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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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

US : 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 How to pronounce boxcar (audio) \

Kids Definition of boxcar

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

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