Definition of cart in English:

cart

noun

  • 1A strong open vehicle with two or four wheels, typically used for carrying loads and pulled by a horse.

    • ‘Occasionally, a motor wagon would thunder past him, but more often there would be bicycles and horse carts, loaded with goods, or rattling along unburdened.’
    • ‘Three separate covered carts, pulled by four horses each, came up the drive and stopped in front of the manor.’
    • ‘He could see the open cart led by two horses atop which stood his Jocelyn in a simple, loose-fitting, white gown.’
    • ‘On the ride back to the guesthouse I asked the young driver of my horse cart what had happened to the old village.’
    • ‘First, the paper proposes that lost rights of way that can be shown to have once been legally open to horses and carts, animals and pedestrians should be open once again.’
    • ‘Traffic duty consisted of ensuring the roads were not obstructed by horses and carts, hansom cabs and making sure that persons being carried in sedan chairs were transported on the road not on the pavement.’
    • ‘Just because it was once open to horse and carts or chariots means they could drive a double-decker bus down it if they wanted to.’
    • ‘Shops began to open and street vendors hawked vegetables loaded onto donkey carts.’
    • ‘The lack of street lights, the home made brandy drunk under vines loaded with grapes, and horses and carts in the centre of the villages remind city tourists of how people used to live much closer to nature.’
    • ‘A horse pulling a cart carrying racegoers was struck by lightning and died and a passenger was killed.’
    • ‘After breakfast the two girls followed Hosh and Darell to the stable where they hitched a wagon cart to two mahogany horses.’
    • ‘The road passes through beautiful, wild scenery and twice crosses the glacier and on busy days, up to 40 sturdy little Fjord horses pulling traditional cariole carts carry visitors.’
    • ‘Once everyone was cowering inside a protective ring of wagons, carts, and horses, Hasim breathed a sigh of relief.’
    • ‘There, cows and geese sway and horses pull carts past old men who sit motionless in the shade of a few broad trees.’
    • ‘The northbound section which opened in 1897 for horses and carts, now carries a daily traffic flow of 50,000 vehicles on its two lanes.’
    • ‘Not half an hour out, horse-drawn carts haul huge loads of hay across flat fields and peasants stroll to markets.’
    • ‘Two shire horses pulled a cart full of waving children, books and bedding and the youngsters were met by the school's junior choir who sang outside the church.’
    • ‘Several passengers were thrown from the carts, with four having to be airlifted to hospital.’
    • ‘We set off in an open cart drawn by four whip-scarred little oxen and piled high with equipment and provisions.’
    • ‘Dunstan had drawn his blade and swung round, the horses pulling the cart rolling their eyes in fright, drawing to a halt.’
    wagon, carriage
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    1. 1.1A shallow open container on wheels that may be pulled or pushed by hand.
      • ‘‘No problem,’ she chirped, and took the opportunity to push the breakfast cart into his room.’
      • ‘I watch men or women pushing carts heavily laden with their wares in searing temperatures, stifling humidity or drenching rain.’
      • ‘Three days ago we ate our first mango of the season, an undistinguished specimen which Mary bought from the fruit lady who pushes her cart past our gate every day.’
      • ‘By day, he has to remain out of sight, but in the evening, he pushes his cart out and chooses a place where he is unlikely to be hassled by the police, and lights up the stove.’
      • ‘The men push and pull carts through the dusty streets of the city.’
      • ‘The fruit vendors are pushing their carts, selling ready-sliced watermelon and jackfruit, melon, mango and papaya, best eaten with a banana-leaf wrapped ball of sticky rice.’
      • ‘She pushed the cart that contained the empty cups of various forms of medication into an empty examination room.’
      • ‘Behind him, the door swung open and a guard pushed a cart into the room.’
      • ‘Adriana and I both noticed for the first time a stewardess pushing a cart.’
      • ‘There is virtually a glut in the market with vendors pushing their carts around and turning every little space by the roadside into makeshift vending points.’
      • ‘Push carts and animal-drawn carts slow down traffic movement.’
      • ‘One uncomfortable elevator ride later, Jude and Texas emerged into the busy lobby of the Plaza, pushing their overloaded cart in front of them.’
      • ‘A plain, nondescript man in a chauffeur's uniform approaches them, pushing a cart bearing an aquarium.’
      • ‘The doors opened and the chef walked in, pushing a cart full of platters.’
      • ‘The woman sat on one side and on the other side placed gifts for her family, while her husband pushed the cart along the rugged path.’
      • ‘She smiled sweetly at me and pushed her cart through and then stood there with her wallet open, waiting silently for me to finish.’
      • ‘Through wind and rain he was to be seen pushing his cart through the village, keeping the place spotless.’
      • ‘We left our headquarters, pushing a wooden cart containing our tents and camping equipment plus food all the way to Smithills Hall.’
      • ‘With this rhythmic cry, Duan, in his crumpled old blue suit, pushes a benchlike cart along the street.’
      • ‘Workers in biohazard suits push a cart of equipment into government offices on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.’
    2. 1.2North American A shopping cart.
      • ‘Jaws drop at my temerity as I hurriedly push my cart past the line-up.’
      • ‘Resigned and resolved, she pushed the cart to the back of the line.’
      • ‘The woman started pushing her cart down the parking lot, but Joshua followed her.’
      • ‘Quick and simple with large graphics, they're designed for mobile shoppers pushing their carts down the aisle.’
      • ‘I push the carts from the parking lot back into the store so old people can take them and push them out back into the lot again!’
      • ‘At Target today with Gnat I was pushing the cart around and realized, to my dismay, that we had nothing to get.’
      • ‘She pushed the empty cart past him and went through the Employees Only room.’
      • ‘I push my cart through the emporium trying to find Carter.’
      • ‘Eventine and Erik grabbed the carts and pushed them into the checkout line that Preia had gotten into.’
    3. 1.3A facility on a website that records items selected by a customer for purchase until the transaction is completed.
      ‘from the product page select the size and quantity you'd like and click ‘Buy’ to add it to your cart’
      • ‘Viewers who have already registered on the site will be able to add items to their carts immediately.’
      • ‘Simply add the game to your cart and check out, and voila, it's in your game library for keeps.’
      • ‘A successful display will entice consumers to click though to product pages - the final necessary step for them to add items to their cart.’
      • ‘I have added so much to my cart on there today - I think I am almost up to $900.’
      • ‘Research identifies key factors that can cause a customer to abandon their cart mid-purchase.’
      • ‘Get your cart to $25 to get free shipping as well!’
      • ‘Next, you need to click the 'Buy' button and add the product to your cart.’
      • ‘You must add the item to your cart to see the discount.’
      • ‘I basically had to add and delete certain items from my cart after I entered my groupon voucher to find out if they were eligible.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Convey or put in a cart or similar vehicle.

    ‘the produce was packed in crates and carted to Kansas City’
    • ‘It is becoming increasingly urgent that we get collection centres established in order to move small lots of stock off farms which cannot reasonably or viably be carted halfway across the country for slaughter.’
    • ‘The soil in the area has been scarred by numerous heavy loads being carted day in, day out and can no longer be distinguished from its black coal covering.’
    • ‘In one year it did 90 trips between Helen Springs and Camooweal and according to Vestey company records it travelled about two million miles carting cattle around the outback.’
    • ‘‘I'm hoping to have it set up for carting things around the garden rather than use a wheelbarrow’ he said.’
    • ‘One of his three sons Len Watson became a contract carrier in Carnamah and districts - carting wheat, superphosphate, sheep, wool and general freight from 1932-1949.’
    • ‘We've been spending all day cutting up fallen branches and carting them away.’
    • ‘The waste collection is entirely mechanized with the trucks using their forklifts to lift the bins and transfer the waste from bin to truck which is carted away to a modern waste processing facility outside town.’
    • ‘The meat will then either be carted off to landfills, tossed into incinerators, or set aside for rendering into nonhuman protein sources - i.e., dog and livestock food.’
    • ‘Peter Baum, administration officer with Casino Rural Lands Protection Board, said some landowners in the Malanganee area are already carting water.’
    • ‘To launch Christmas sales, Pam Welburn and her horse Holly, carted the first forest-fresh trees into Dalby yesterday.’
    • ‘Giving their father a pleasant surprise, the trio of sisters secured the contract of carting the boulders from a hillock that's being blasted at Vedadri.’
    • ‘Dump trucks made over 300 trips carting raw material out before legions of workers began building new stages, stairs, railings and doorways.’
    • ‘The project will see a special crew, armed with a truck, hunting down and carting away piles of rubbish before firebugs can strike.’
    • ‘Boys carted crates of water in and others hauled workable furniture out on tractors.’
    • ‘During that work he entered into an arrangement with a trucking company that was carting much of the gear for the refinery's upgrade.’
    transport, convey, haul, transfer, move, conduct, transmit, shift, fetch, take, ferry
    carry, lug, tote, heave, heft, drag
    hump, schlep
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  • 2informal Carry (a heavy or cumbersome object) somewhere with difficulty.

    ‘they carted the piano down three flights of stairs’
    • ‘Heavy equipment related to construction activities is carted through the road when the latter is not meant for such traffic, officials explained.’
    • ‘And if all goes wrong, the gear is transportable, the dust proof boxes housing the main components even have slots for fork lifts, and it can all be carted away.’
    • ‘Electrified, he waited in the shadows until the driver and a Club employee carted a heavy crate inside, then he slipped into the building behind them.’
    • ‘The bits no-one wanted, or which were too big and heavy to cart away would lay there to sink into the vegetation and decay slowly over the years.’
    • ‘He said: ‘The lift is not suitable for carting beds up and down and there is no defibrillation equipment which is essential in case there is an emergency.’’
    • ‘And now my shoulder's out from carting heavy record bags all over London.’
    • ‘Having just had a baby it is difficult to cart all the bags and boxes into the car when you are busy with the baby.’
    • ‘Though his truck is a picture of driving comfort, Mr McAuliffe is far from lax about the responsibilities he carries in carting thousands of litres of fuel across the Mid West countryside.’
    • ‘The carry handle makes carting the box very easy, though you'll still need to bring along a display device of some kind, which the company sells separately.’
    • ‘Numerous taxicabs and limousines pulled up to the gilded doorway, dropping off guests while young bellboys carted luggage up the service elevator to various suites.’
    • ‘They'll use the wire to slice the tanker up into sections and then lift up each one so it can be carted off for scrap.’
    • ‘Marble and other massive pieces too heavy to cart away were among chief pieces left in the galleries.’
    • ‘I've packed light, just in case I have to come straight back home after the gig tonight… in which case I don't need to be carting loads of luggage around with me.’
    • ‘One of the first things he did was to make sure that the nine hundred tons of ore, which had been raised at Yudanamutana before the drought, were carted to Blinman for smelting.’
    • ‘By comparison, the 3G phones, with their big colour screens, are quite a bit more difficult to cart about.’
    • ‘As the trophy is carted off, it is announced that the event has raised a record $3,000 for charity.’
    • ‘It hadn't taken much fast talking to get one of the men carting wood up to give us a lift down; I think he was too terrified to argue.’
    • ‘It's amazing to me how nonchalant people are about carting their food upon trays to a dirty table where God knows who or what was spilled all over the top.’
    • ‘You can't take the direct approach since this might draw attention to yourself so you must stowaway in the large piece of luggage which the bellhop is carting upstairs.’
    • ‘Cuvier wanted to know whether the pelvic bone had developed any peculiar structures as a result of carting around such a heavy load.’
    lift, lift up, raise, raise up, heave, hoist, haul, manhandle
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    1. 2.1Remove or convey (someone) somewhere roughly or abruptly.
      ‘they were carted off to the nearest police station’
      ‘seven demonstrators were carted away by the police’
      ‘my mother carted us around from one activity to another’
      • ‘My Luskin ancestors were Polish Jews, most of whom remained in Poland at the time Hitler invaded and started carting Polish Jews off to the furnaces.’
      • ‘We were carted off to the hospital in field ambulances.’
      • ‘And just like many other mothers, my mother carted us around from one activity to another encouraging us to discover our interests and talents.’
      • ‘When we got there they put me in a wheelchair and carted me off to a room.’
      • ‘This, though, did not stop us from crying whenever he was carted off to spend August vacations with his mother in Moruga.’
      • ‘Then Christmas came and I was carted off for a week by my brother and sister-in-law.’
      • ‘I was a very jolly and entertaining drunk until I was carted off to hospital with pancreatitis three years ago.’
      • ‘When other mothers were carting their children around in what I saw as a desperate attempt to pretend nothing had changed in their lives, I was/am a stickler for the nap schedule.’
      • ‘He asks two club-goers outside what has happened, and they tell him that someone has been beaten in the side alley, that an ambulance has carted him off.’
      • ‘They carted me off to Emergency, where the doctors and nurses, once they determined I wasn't likely to die abruptly on them, ignored me.’
      • ‘Before I reached the age when I convinced Mother that indeed I could and would rather stay at our house alone in the summer, she carted me to Ruthie's every day.’
      • ‘The police entered, removed him from a closet where he had sought refuge, handcuffed and carted him off in front of 15 patrol cars and countless neighbours.’
      • ‘Indeed, these days most time is spent carting the kids to and from school.’
      • ‘Three young women are carted off from their homes at the beginning of The Magdalene Sisters, a new film from director Peter Mullan.’
      • ‘He said that, when the firing stopped, he saw people being carted off in ambulances to hospital.’
      • ‘‘It was just terrible,’ she winces, recalling how she was carted off to casualty.’
      • ‘He is unceremoniously carted around in a plastic urn inside a carrier bag which nervously changes hands between them.’
      • ‘I'm also having a lot of fun putting her in her backpack and carting her around.’
      • ‘For a chancellor to leak out details of his Budget ahead of the day it was due to be presented to the House of Commons would have led to the offending politician being carted off the Tower of London.’
      • ‘Declared in June, the date falls on the anniversary of Wallenberg's 1945 arrest, when he was carted off by Soviets to eventually die somewhere, it is believed, in the Gulag archipelago.’

Phrases

  • put the cart before the horse

    • Reverse the proper order or procedure of something.

      • ‘By passing the tax cut before passing a budget, are you essentially putting the cart before the horse?’
      • ‘Kerry County Council has been accused of putting the cart before the horse when it comes to planned developments in villages across the county.’
      • ‘Iain says: ‘The authorities are putting the cart before the horse.’’
      • ‘Co-opted committee member John Clancy said: ‘It seems a little like putting the cart before the horse.’’
      • ‘But simply pursuing a high participation rate without pausing to think what it means is putting the cart before the horse.’
      • ‘It is surely a case of putting the cart before the horse,’ said Dr Caulfield.’
      • ‘Is designing a new building before a strategic plan is in place putting the cart before the horse?’
      • ‘At best, Marx and Engels thought, this was putting the cart before the horse, since the job of planning a new society will belong to those who make one.’
      • ‘And of course, leaping ahead to some possible jury trial, a possible conviction is really putting the cart before the horse.’
      • ‘It is really a classic example of putting the cart before the horse.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse kartr, probably influenced by Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French carete, diminutive of carre (see car).

Pronunciation:

cart

/kärt/