• (British) IPA: /kɑː/
  • (America) IPA: /kɑɹ/

car (plural cars)

  1. A wheeled vehicle that moves independently, with at least three wheels, powered mechanically, steered by a driver and mostly for personal transportation; a motorcar or automobile.
    She drove her car to the mall.
    Synonyms: auto, motorcar, vehicle, automobile, motor, carriage
  2. (dated) A wheeled vehicle, drawn by a horse or other animal; a chariot.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II (play), London: William Jones,
      It shall suffice me to enioy your loue,
      Which whiles I haue, I thinke my selfe as great,
      As Caesar riding in the Romaine streete,
      With captiue kings at his triumphant Carre.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act IV, Scene 8,
      He has deserved it [armour], were it carbuncled
      Like holy Phoebus’ car.
    1. (UK, Birmingham, obsolete) A four-wheeled cab, as opposed to a (two-wheeled) Hansom cab.
  3. (rail transport, chiefly, North America) An unpowered unit in a railroad train.
    The conductor coupled the cars to the locomotive.
    Synonyms: railcar, wagon
  4. (rail transport) an individual vehicle, powered or unpowered, in a multiple unit.
    The 11:10 to London was operated by a 4-car diesel multiple unit.
  5. (rail transport) A passenger-carrying unit in a subway or elevated train, whether powered or not.
    From the frontmost car of the subway, he filmed the progress through the tunnel.
  6. A rough unit of quantity approximating the amount which would fill a railroad car.
    We ordered five hundred cars of gypsum.
    Synonyms: carload, wagonload
  7. The moving, load-carrying component of an elevator or other cable-drawn transport mechanism.
    Fix the car of the express elevator - the door is sticking.
  8. The passenger-carrying portion of certain amusement park rides, such as Ferris wheels.
    The most exciting part of riding a Ferris wheel is when your car goes over the top.
    Synonyms: carriage
  9. The part of an airship, such as a balloon or dirigible, which houses the passengers and control apparatus.
    Synonyms: gondola, basket
  10. (sailing) A sliding fitting that runs along a track.
  11. (uncountable, US, slang) The aggregate of desirable characteristics of a car.
    Buy now! You can get more car for your money.
  12. (US) A floating perforated box for living fish.
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  • German: Kabine
  • Italian: cabina
  • Portuguese: elevador (passenger), monta-cargas (cargo)
  • Russian: каби́на

car (plural cars)

  1. (obsolete) A turn.
    • 1609 William Shakespeare, Sonnet 7,
      But when from highmost pitch, with weary car,
      Like feeble age, he reeleth from the day, (after the sun reaches the zenith it, with a weary turn, begins to reel ("to roll") (downwards))

car (plural cars)

  1. (computing) The first part of a cons in LISP. The first element of a list
    • Matt Kaufmann, Panagiotis Manolios, and J Strother Moore, Computer-aided reasoning: an approach, 2000 :
      The elements of a list are the successive cars along the "cdr chain." That is, the elements are the car, the car of the cdr, the car of the cdr of the cdr, etc.
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Proper noun
  1. The most widespread of the Nicobarese languages spoken in the Nicobar Islands of India (ISO 839-3 code "caq").
  • (language) Car Nicobarese

Proper noun
  1. Initialism of Central African Republic
  2. (sports) Abbreviation of Carolina#English|Carolina. North Carolina or South Carolina, states in the United States of America
  3. Initialism of Cordillera Administrative Region

car (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable, chemistry) Abbreviation of carnitine#English|carnitine.
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