flatcar

noun
flat·​car | \ ˈflat-ˌkär How to pronounce flatcar (audio) \

Definition of flatcar

: a railroad freight car without permanent raised sides, ends, or covering

Examples of flatcar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were flatcars on it that transported heavy machinery on railroad tracks. Cal Fussman, Popular Mechanics, 15 June 2016 The collection contains ordinary pieces such as cabooses and flatcars along with unique pieces such as club cars, passenger coaches, a diner and a rare domed observation car. Kelly Kazek, AL.com, 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of flatcar

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Flatcar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatcar. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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flatcar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flatcar

: a railroad car without sides or a roof that is used for carrying goods

flatcar

noun
flat·​car | \ -ˌkär How to pronounce flatcar (audio) \

Kids Definition of flatcar

: a railroad car without sides or a roof that is used to carry freight

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