carthorse
Cart Cart (k[aum]rt), n. [AS. cr[ae]t; cf. W. cart, Ir. & Gael. cairt, or Icel. kartr. Cf. {Car}.] 1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. ``Ph[oe]bus' cart.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A two-wheeled vehicle for the ordinary purposes of husbandry, or for transporting bulky and heavy articles. [1913 Webster]

Packing all his goods in one poor cart. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. A light business wagon used by bakers, grocerymen, butchers, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. An open two-wheeled pleasure carriage. [1913 Webster]

{Cart horse}, a horse which draws a cart; a horse bred or used for drawing heavy loads; -- also spelled {carthorse}.

{Cart rope}, a stout rope for fastening a load on a cart; any strong rope.

{To put the cart before the horse}, {To get the cart before the horse}, or {To set the cart before the horse}, to invert the order of related facts or ideas, as by putting an effect for a cause; to do things in an improper order. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • carthorse — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a large, strong horse suitable for heavy work …   English terms dictionary

  • carthorse — UK [ˈkɑː(r)tˌhɔː(r)s] / US [ˈkɑrtˌhɔrs] noun [countable] Word forms carthorse : singular carthorse plural carthorses a big strong horse used for pulling carts and other heavy things in the past …   English dictionary

  • carthorse — noun A large, strong horse used for pulling heavy loads. The blacksmiths forge shone bright on the opposite side of the way, and the proprietor had the hind leg of a carthorse in his leather coated lap …   Wiktionary

  • carthorse — [[t]kɑ͟ː(r)thɔː(r)s[/t]] carthorses also cart horse N COUNT A carthorse is a large, powerful horse that is used to pull carts or farm machinery. Where we use tractors, obviously they used cart horses in those days …   English dictionary

  • carthorse — cart·horse (kärtʹhôrs ) n. A strong horse used for pulling carts or other heavy loads. * * * …   Universalium

  • carthorse — cart|horse [ˈka:tho:s US ˈka:rtho:rs] n a large strong horse, often used for pulling heavy loads …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • carthorse — cart|horse [ kart,hɔrs ] noun count a big strong horse used for pulling CARTS and other heavy things in the past …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • carthorse — n. (British) big strong horse used for heavy work and for pulling a cart …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carthorse — noun a large, strong horse suitable for heavy work …   English new terms dictionary

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