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1Goods that are picked up or set down at intermediate stopping places on a railway or shipping route. Also as a count noun: an item of freight of this kind.
2A train carrying goods to be picked up or set down at intermediate station. Compare "freight". Now chiefly historical.
Early 19th century. From way + freight.
way freight/ˈweɪ ˌfreɪt/
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