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

Definition of flatcar

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

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There were flatcars on it that transported heavy machinery on railroad tracks. Cal Fussman, Popular Mechanics, "My Father Escaped the Nazis And Then Taught Me Everything I Know," 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, "Scenes from Calera: Picturesque wineries and train excursions," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of flatcar

1861, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flatcar

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


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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