Other forms: carts; carted; carting

A cart is a vehicle with wheels that's pulled by an animal, a person, or by another vehicle. You could attach a cart to your dog and teach him to pull it around.

The typical cart is hooked up to a draft horse or another farm animal. Other kinds of carts include hand carts, which can be stacked with heavy items and easily pushed or pulled by people; and golf carts, which are open vehicles that are powered by electricity or gasoline. When you cart something around, you lug it or transport it. The word cart comes from a Scandinavian source, probably the Old Norse kartr.

Definitions of cart
  1. noun
    a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
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    a cart drawn by a dog
    a cart that can be tilted to empty contents without handling
    horse cart, horse-cart
    heavy cart; drawn by a horse; used for farm work
    jaunting car, jaunty car
    an open two-wheeled one-horse cart formerly widely used in Ireland
    jinrikisha, ricksha, rickshaw
    a small two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person
    a cart that is drawn by an ox
    donkey cart, pony cart, ponycart, tub-cart
    a cart with an underslung axle and two seats
    water cart
    cart with a tank for water (especially with fresh water for sale)
    camion, dray
    a low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage
    tumbrel, tumbril
    a farm dumpcart for carrying dung; carts of this type were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution
    watering cart
    water cart with a tank and sprinkler for sprinkling roads
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    waggon, wagon
    any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by an animal or a tractor
  2. noun
    wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels
    synonyms: go-cart, handcart, pushcart
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    a handcart from which apples and other fruit are sold in the street
    barrow, garden cart, lawn cart, wheelbarrow
    a cart for carrying small loads; has handles and one or more wheels
    hand truck, truck
    a handcart that has a frame with two low wheels and a ledge at the bottom and handles at the top; used to move crates or other heavy objects
    laundry cart
    handcart for moving a load of laundry
    serving cart
    a handcart for serving food
    shopping cart
    a handcart that holds groceries or other goods while shopping
    pastry cart
    a serving cart for displaying pastry desserts to restaurant patrons
    tea cart, tea trolley, tea wagon, teacart
    serving cart for serving tea or light refreshments
    type of:
    wheeled vehicle
    a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people
  3. verb
    transport something in a cart
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    carry, transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
  4. verb
    draw slowly or heavily
    synonyms: drag, hale, haul
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    bouse, bowse
    haul with a tackle
    type of:
    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling




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