car·​load | \ ˈkär-ˈlōd How to pronounce carload (audio) , -ˌlōd \

Definition of carload

1 : a load (as of occupants) that fills a car a carload of tourists
2 : the minimum number of tons required for shipping at carload rates
3 : a large unspecified quantity a carload of excuses

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Examples of carload in a Sentence

She brought home a carload of books. People were arriving by the carload.
Recent Examples on the Web Grain carloads in Canada were even worse, falling 28.1% last week. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Delivering Parcels Daily; Raising Union Pressure; Disrupting Grain Flows," 31 May 2019 Two carloads of Ku Klux Klansmen firebombed Mr. Dahmer’s home. Claudia Dreifus, New York Times, "Following the Civil Rights Trail," 11 Mar. 2020 Riverside County medical personnel screen a carload of people at a coronavirus drive-though testing facility on March 24. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Riverside County in urgent need of hospital beds, ventilators for coronavirus patients," 1 Apr. 2020 Admission $15 per carload, credit and debit cards accepted. Mary Colurso |, al, "Want to go to the movies? Try these 3 drive-ins in Alabama," 26 Mar. 2020 The logistics center will have direct rail focus, multi-commodity, carload of unit train, BNSF controlling interest, and BNSF capital drives development of business park. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "BNSF discusses new Cleveland logistics center at Allies Day," 8 Mar. 2020 Benner described several incidents on both sides of the southern border last week in which carloads of individuals were detected by law enforcement and fled. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Smugglers sneaking single adults over border after years of ferrying families," 10 Feb. 2020 Admission is $25 a carload, $20 for Southington residents, $5 for walk-ins. Susan Dunne,, "‘Carrie’ showing at end of otherwise family-friendly Southington Drive-In Halloween Festival," 20 Oct. 2019 More common rail shipments are construction supplies such as lumber and drywall, carloads of bulk materials such as gravel or asphalt, and tankers of petroleum products. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar is weak link in San Diego’s coastal railroad," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of carload

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 May 2020

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“Carload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of carload

: the amount of people or things that will fit in a car : a car full of people or things

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