car

noun
\ˈkär, dialectal also ˈkȯr, ˈkyär\

Definition of car 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a vehicle moving on wheels: such as

a archaic : carriage, chariot

b : a vehicle designed to move on rails (as of a railroad) The train has 20 cars.

c : automobile traveled to Boston by car

2 : the passenger compartment of an elevator

3 : the part of an airship or balloon that carries the passengers and cargo

Definition of CAR (Entry 2 of 2)

civil air regulations

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Examples of car in a Sentence

Noun

I'll wait in the car. He got into the car and drove away. She bought a new car.
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At the entrance to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a young woman wearing an orange anti-gun violence shirt played a flute while, across the street, two men waved a 5-foot-tall cutout of a black AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at passing cars. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters," 15 July 2018 On Washington Street, a caller reported hearing a window smash and saw a black car leaving the scene. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Two men arrested in car vandalism spree in Whitman," 14 July 2018 People run after cars were set on fire near the Best Western hotel during protests over a fuel price increase in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon, chicagotribune.com, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 Everyday heating and cooking appliances like charcoal grills and furnaces can create CO, as can devices like generators and running cars. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Before this death, 23 children had died in hot cars in the U.S. so far this year, according to KidsAndCars.org. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mother forgot toddler in hot car, police say after tragedy," 14 July 2018 Nick Sparagis was in charge of the drive-through at the festival, where 600 to 700 cars pass through every year. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Saint Sophia’s Greek Fest shares sounds, tastes and feel of Greece at Elgin church," 14 July 2018 Not all of the combined power is available at the same time, but maximum output is 99 horsepower, which pushes this 2,500-pound car along quite nicely. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 The company has delivered 200,000 electric cars to buyers in the United States, which means it's reached the tax credit threshold established under the Republican tax plan that passed last year. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of car

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for car

Noun

Middle English carre "cart, wagon, small cartload," borrowed from Anglo-French carre, charre, going back to Latin carra, plural of carrum, neuter variant of carrus "a kind of Gaulish wagon," borrowed from the Gaulish outcome of Celtic *kr̥s-o-, whence also Old Irish carr "cart, wagon," Welsh car "vehicle" — more at current entry 1

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car

noun

English Language Learners Definition of car

: a vehicle that has four wheels and an engine and that is used for carrying passengers on roads

: a separate section of a train

car

noun
\ˈkär \

Kids Definition of car

1 : a vehicle that moves on wheels

2 : a separate section of a train

3 : the part of an elevator that holds passengers

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