handcar
noun Date: 1850 a small four-wheeled railroad car propelled by a hand-operated mechanism or by a small motor

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  • handcar — n. a small railroad car propelled by hand or by a small motor. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handcar — ☆ handcar [hand′kär΄ ] n. a small, open car, orig. hand powered, used on railroads, as to transport workers …   English World dictionary

  • Handcar — A handcar, in original condition (at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum). The foot brake operating mechanism may be seen between the wheels …   Wikipedia

  • handcar — /hand kahr /, n. a small railroad car or platform on four wheels propelled by a mechanism worked by hand, used on some railroads for inspecting tracks and transporting workers. [1840 50, Amer.; HAND + CAR1] * * * …   Universalium

  • handcar — noun A light railroad car propelled by a hand operated pumping mechanism …   Wiktionary

  • handcar — hand|car [ˈhændka: US ka:r] n AmE a small railway vehicle that people move along by pushing large handles up and down …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • handcar — n. small hand operated railroad car used to check railroad tracks …   English contemporary dictionary

  • handcar — noun N. Amer. a light railway vehicle propelled by cranks or levers, used by workers inspecting the track …   English new terms dictionary

  • handcar — noun (C) AmE a small railway vehicle operated by pushing large handles up and down …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • handcar — hand•car [[t]ˈhændˌkɑr[/t]] n. rai a small railroad car or platform on four wheels propelled by a mechanism worked by hand • Etymology: 1840–50; amer …   From formal English to slang

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