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car

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a car accident (also an automobile accident American Englishformal)
▪ He was badly injured in a car accident.
a car alarm (=for when someone tries to steal a car)
▪ I was woken by a car alarm in the middle of the night.
a car bomb (=that makes a car explode)
▪ The car bomb killed 21 shoppers.
a car door
▪ She heard a car door slamming.
a car/bus/train etc ride
▪ The resort is a short bus ride away from the hotel.
a car/holiday/shampoo etc advertisement
▪ a glossy magazine full of car advertisements
a car/jewel etc thief
a car/lorry/bicycle etc tyre
▪ They sell and fit car tyres.
a car/motorbike etc engine
▪ I heard the sound of a car engine in the distance.
a car/plane/bus etc journey
▪ the six-hour train journey to London
a car/textile/shoe etc factory
▪ There is a large car factory where many of the local people work.
a car/torch/phone etc battery
▪ Have you checked your mobile phone battery?
a car/train/plane etc crash
▪ He was badly hurt in a car crash.
a company car (=that your company gives you to use)
a family car (=one designed for families with children)
▪ It's a practical family car that is also fun to drive.
a home/car loan (=a loan to buy a home or a car)
▪ They took out a thirty-year home loan.
a house/factory/car etc blaze (=a burning house/factory/car etc)
▪ Three people were badly hurt in a house blaze.
a luxury car
▪ The manager drove a luxury car.
a police car
▪ The men were being followed by an unmarked police car.
armoured car
baggage car
buffet car
bumper car
bus/coach/car etc travel
▪ The price is £98, inclusive of coach travel.
by car/train/bus/taxi etc
▪ They travelled to Chicago by train.
cable car
car alarm
car bomb
car boot sale
car chase
▪ a high-speed car chase
car club
car crimeBritish English (= stealing cars)
▪ the battle against car crime
car hire
▪ a car hire company
car keys
▪ She left her car keys on the hall table.
car maintenance
▪ an evening class in car maintenance
car park
car pool
car seat
car tax
car theftBritish English, auto theft AmE:
▪ Northern Ireland had one of the highest levels of car theft in Europe.
car wash
car/antique/art etc dealer
car/film/shoe etc maker
▪ a quality furniture maker
▪ a leading Japanese computer maker
car/motor insurance
▪ He was fined for driving without motor insurance.
car/television/telephone etc rental
▪ The price includes accommodation and car rental.
car/ticket/book etc sales
▪ Car sales have fallen every month for the past two years.
car/train/plane wreck
▪ My father died in a car wreck.
classic cars
▪ a collection of classic cars
coffee/wine/car etc producer
▪ leading oil producers
come by car/train/bus etc
▪ Will you be coming by train?
company car
computer/car/insurance etc salesman
courtesy bus/taxi/car/phone etc
▪ The hotel runs a courtesy bus from the airport.
▪ Most reviewers receive a courtesy copy of the book.
crash a car/bus/plane etc
▪ He was drunk when he crashed the car.
diesel car/truck etc
dining car
dodgem car
dozens of people/companies/cars etc (=but not hundreds or thousands)
▪ Dozens of people were killed.
estate car
executive cars/homes etc
freight car
get the car out of the garage
▪ Wait here while I get the car out of the garage.
get the car/engine etc started
▪ He couldn’t get his motorbike started.
getaway car/vehicle/van (=a car etc used by criminals to escape after a crime)
go by bus/train/car etc
▪ It’ll be quicker to go by train.
hybrid car
main/passenger/car etc deck
▪ a staircase leading to the passenger deck
motor car
motor/car/aircraft etc spares
▪ a shortage of aircraft spares
Panda car
patrol boat/car (=used by the army or police)
patrol car
put the car etc into (first/second/third etc) gear
▪ He put the car into gear, and they moved slowly forwards.
put the car in the garage
▪ Dad's just putting the car in the garage.
race car
racing car
restaurant car
sleeping car
sports car
squad car
stock car
▪ stock car racing
the coal/car/textile etc industry
▪ The town was very dependant on the car industry.
the kitchen/car etc window
▪ She had left the kitchen window open.
toy car/soldier/gun etc
travel by train/car/air etc
▪ Emily hated travelling by train.
travel/motion/car/sea etc sickness (=sickness that some people get while travelling)
Turning the car around
Turning the car around, we headed home.
unmarked police car
▪ an unmarked police car
veteran car
vintage car
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
new
▪ Manufacturers are overcharging motorists about £ 1,100 on the average new car, says the Consumers' Association.
▪ Concern about unemployment, which in October rose for a third consecutive month, has sapped demand for houses and new cars.
▪ This week Rover is officially launching its new executive car which will be made at Cowley.
▪ The new car is a joint development between Honda and the Rover Group.
▪ Many new models of cars can already run on unleaded petrol without any adjustment.
▪ People here get just as excited about the prospect of buying a new bike as they might a new car.
▪ Mr Friend, now the £50,000-a-year council chief executive, showered her with luxuries including a new car and a horse.
▪ A proposal to build a new 350-space car park right next to the Musée d'Art Américain created a storm of protest.
■ NOUN
accident
▪ To take one example, a man was killed in a car accident.
▪ I thought he had been in a car accident that had killed everyone else.
▪ In that case the plaintiff had been involved in a car accident.
▪ Voters rejected measures to ban most lawsuits resulting from car accidents, limit shareholder lawsuits and slash lawyers' contingency fees.
▪ For he was not killed in a car accident.
▪ It turned up a 1993 car accident in Tallahassee.
▪ Out of 9,000 children killed or injured in car accidents every year, only 8 die in safety seats.
▪ Colorado rancher Atticus Cody lost his wife years ago in a car accident.
bomb
▪ A car bomb shook Madrid's Barajas airport.
▪ Carl Krebsbach wore it out when he sent away for $ 20 worth of car bombs.
▪ Up to 13 bombs went off across the city, many of them car bombs.
▪ For the first time here in recent years, a car bomb was used against a civilian official.
▪ He had an idea there had been a car bomb at another barracks.
▪ In a weekend of violence, the defence minister, Khaled Nezzar, narrowly escaped from a car bomb attack.
▪ A car bomb explodes in Main Street, destroying scores of shops and businesses.
boot
▪ After the truck, the car boot even with Brian sharing it, was relatively comfortable.
▪ The remarks followed a court case in which a couple admitted selling counterfeit software at car boot sales.
▪ Theodora swung her leather valise from the car boot into the dimly lit entrance hall.
▪ Market stalls, car boot sales and one-day sales are popular selling grounds.
▪ Voice over Anyone considering selling counterfeit goods at car boot sales could face two years in prison or unlimited fines.
▪ But that law can't be used to stop people selling heaters at car boot sales.
▪ Overall complaints about car boot sales have risen from virtually nil to around ten a week in just two years.
▪ A car boot sale at Boxted Airfield has also been called off.
cable
▪ It is centrally situated, and a ten minute walk from the cable car which leads to some magnificent mountain walks.
▪ These were filled with images of street scenes, of clattering cable cars and the sound of the foghorns on Alcatraz.
▪ From the village, a 10-minute cable car ride delivers you to the slopes.
▪ The accidents, which involved streetcars and cable cars, caused $ 3. 6 million in damages and injured 10 people.
▪ The less energetic could take the easy walk to the cable car and ride to the summit of Mount Mottarone.
▪ Irene daydreamed incessantly of hilly streets, cable cars, Chinatown and Rice-o-Roni.
▪ Cross-country skiing is very popular and cable cars and ski lifts take the skiers up to the snow fields.
▪ Little cable cars climbing half way to the stars?
company
▪ Many employers are now cutting back on company cars.
▪ That was a lot of money for the time, and the horse was like having a company car today.
▪ But it is possible to reduce company car costs while increasing the employee's perceived remuneration.
▪ Bob already had a nice new company car.
▪ I told him that he had six months and if he performed well I'd buy him a company car.
▪ The higher grades of employee were supplied, as was the custom with many firms, with shiny, new company cars.
▪ Now, however, the company car market is being hit by monster taxes and it's dying.
▪ They took over the main Fleetwood service from the old Company cars, which were then used on the short-workings.
crash
▪ Four hurt: Four men were treated in hospital after a head-on car crash at Musham Bank, Scarborough.
▪ A car crash, an earthquake, a burning factory are much better.
▪ The brave star, who lost an arm in a car crash eight years ago, now uses a specially adapted kit.
▪ It was the car crash again.
▪ Rade Markovic is being questioned about a car crash in 1999 in which opposition leader Vuk Draskovic was injured.
▪ Lise marries Michael, who is killed in a car crash.
▪ Car crash: Three people were injured in a car crash at a North York Moors beauty spot.
▪ There were arrests, car crashes and other trouble.
crime
▪ Higher insurance as car crime rockets.
▪ Car crime: A crackdown on car crime has been mounted in Redcar.
▪ Two types of car crime offenders concern us.
▪ This means, in a year, car crime accounts for more than five million pounds in Milton Keynes.
▪ Painfully little has been done specifically to tackle car crime, which is a major aspect of youth crime.
▪ And the more car crime there is, the more it costs to insure.
▪ The police have taken action to combat the wave of car crime.
▪ The insurance industry is also very concerned about rising car crime.
dealer
▪ Battle continues: A lengthy battle between a scrap car dealer and Sedgefield District Council remains unresolved.
▪ What must the car dealer have made of this client, a man from prehistory come to buy an automobile?
▪ Local car dealer Cowie, now regarded as the quality stock in the sector, also outperformed the market strongly.
▪ Many area used car dealers are having their inventory tested or offering to test before purchase.
▪ The usual illustration is a car dealer stating that one car is a better runner than another.
▪ City ordinances did little to protect the site, which was owned by a local car dealer.
▪ The first is a puzzle that will not surprise those who put economists alongside journalists and car dealers in their not-to-be-trusted rankings.
▪ The mathematical exercises which follow are mainly to do with shopkeepers and car dealers making profit or loss.
door
▪ Indeed, as he shut the car door, he brushed at one sleeve as if to remove wrinkles as well as fluff.
▪ As soon as we opened the car doors we could hear the sizzling of the rattlesnakes.
▪ She smiled as the car door was closed behind her.
▪ In fact, he instinctively stepped backwards into the plantation as the car door was thrown open.
▪ I slammed the car door as I got out.
▪ McQuaid slammed the car door and walked towards the house.
▪ There was the slamming of a car door.
industry
▪ The environment poses another major challenge to reliance on the car industry.
▪ A redundant fitter from the Coventry car industry in his mid-forties lives alone and receives £61.02 a fortnight.
▪ How should they use it to plan the future of the car industry and those who depend on it?
▪ In recent months the car industry has laid off thousands of workers and put many more on short time.
▪ In the case of the car industry, in the case of Ford, it's even higher.
▪ The calculation has been made by the Edison electric Institute, Department of Energy and electric car industry officials.
▪ The car industry is always one of the first to suffer.
▪ So they followed their cousins in the car industry and made their buildings with built-in obsolescence.
key
▪ Even the car keys or a belt buckle may upset things if placed too close.
▪ This is a man, after all, who leaves his car keys in the front seat with the doors unlocked.
▪ Even as the thought had come Paige had been gathering up her purse and the car keys.
▪ For security, some systems also kill the engine if a person tries to drive the vehicle without the car key.
▪ He asked whether she would mind calling him a cab and she dangled car keys and said she would drive him herself.
▪ A visitor was attempting to lure a squirrel close for a picture by dangling and rattling his car keys.
▪ He reached into his pocket for his car keys.
▪ That night, when I went to bed, I found the registration and car keys on my bed table.
maker
▪ The government puts particular blame on car makers and pharmaceutical companies for an inflation rate that in December was nearly 20%.
▪ But reality soon set in, both for the car makers and the government.
▪ Yes, that's right, the car maker.
▪ This year it is different, and well worth catching a glimpse of the latest from the world's car makers.
▪ Whenever the global economy is doing well, car makers immediately start work on a range of cars for the plutocrats.
▪ The news came on the same day that the car makers Rover announced another year of losses.
motor
▪ But every scrap of information paints a picture of an all-time great motor car.
▪ In front of the shallow steps that led to the door were parked two - no three, motor cars.
▪ My reason is that our cities are now designed round the motor car.
▪ The collapse was not directly linked to the motor car side, but it threatened the cars' future.
▪ The motor car is private transport, available only to its owner and his immediate circle.
▪ Sadly these have now disappeared, pushed aside by the needs of the motor car.
▪ Its recognition of the significance of the motor car and its removal to the edge of the main city area was ominous.
▪ It's a very important motor car.
park
▪ My dad would park the Horsebox in the pub's car park.
▪ He pulled into the station car park, slammed on the brakes, and made no effort to get out of the van.
▪ Take the track which is a continuation of the access road to the Arnside Knott car park.
▪ They thought the entrance to the car park on the sheet was not in the best place, so they changed it.
▪ He found her blue Ford Escort in the car park.
▪ Immediately below, beyond the police car park, was a street of substantial Victorian villas.
▪ Sad excuse for a car park, and soil left unwanted after an archaeological dig.
patrol
▪ The patrol car arrives again and parks across the road from us.
▪ Fifteen to twenty minutes later a patrol car drove up.
▪ There will already be a couple of chaps in a patrol car down a side street as a matter of course.
▪ If a Highway Patrol car was going to slip up from behind, it would be right about now.
▪ His successors now carry body armour in their patrol cars.
▪ Consequently, the riders were escorted to the state line where Mississippi patrol cars took over.
▪ Within minutes he had been picked up by a patrol car on the M5 in Gloucestershire.
▪ When Lombardy left home about 8 a.m., the detective followed and alerted an officer in a patrol car.
sale
▪ Treasury chiefs are furious at the move that more than wipes out the benefits of the scrapping of the car sales tax.
▪ Chrysler dipped 3 / 4 to 55; the company said car sales last month fell 8 %.
▪ In the first 20 days of December, car sales were 30% higher than over the same period in 1991.
▪ Auto dealers also may feel some pain as car sales will slow after two strong years.
▪ And then he reads the figures which show that new car sales are still increasing.
▪ On a gloomier note, employment continued to decline and car sales remained depressed.
seat
▪ Ensure you use the correct fitting kit for your make and model of car seat.
▪ When it came time to get a car seat, I looked up that category.
▪ The hot car seats stung the children's bare legs and made them cry out in protest.
▪ Officers found used hypodermic needles in a trailer in the backyard next to an infant car seat.
▪ Some baby seats can be converted into car seats for older children.
▪ Miguel told him, picking a spot opposite the car seat for the desk.
▪ Boots have stopped selling car seats but say they will offer further information to people who've bought the Rainbow seat.
▪ He thought about hiding it in the car seat, but Firebug was always moving the thing around.
■ VERB
buy
▪ Mrs Davos, sick of flying, decides they should buy a car from Fat Frank.
▪ He bought cars, a classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle, boats, travel trailers and expensive pickups.
Buy an Aston Martin; buy a car for life.
▪ Men buy cars, computers, records, photographic, sound and sports equipment.
▪ Decided that I needed to buy a new car.
▪ They may also like to think very carefully about where to go when buying a second hand car.
▪ Paquita was on my side and steadily urged me not to buy Clarisa a car.
drive
▪ Whoever was driving the car had been trying to kill her, it was as simple as that.
▪ Toyota plans annual sales of 20, 000 of the right-hand-#drive Cavalier cars.
▪ It was impossible to drive the car slow.
▪ In that case, Mrs. Pepper alleged that Mrs. Healey had driven into her car causing damage amounting to £133.
▪ He left Apple, and for years was so bitter that he refused to drive his car anywhere near the Cupertino campus.
▪ The feet should both be pointing forward with the arms placed in front of the body, as though one were driving a car.
▪ The accused received permission to drive the victim's car to the station.
get
▪ But I like him, thought Antony as they got out of the car.
▪ I drove back to the school to find Ben, but by the time I got there his car was gone.
▪ Looking out, she saw men in suits getting into the medium-sized cars.
▪ One day, several weeks before, Harold came running up to me as I was getting out of my car.
▪ That was your own fault for trying to make me get back into the car.
▪ He got back into his car, his face throbbing, his sides aching.
▪ Just get in the car and go - if you got lost just stop and ask. 2.
▪ The frantic driver was able to get out of his car and call emergency services on his mobile phone.
leave
▪ He climbed out leaving the car upended on its roof.
▪ They leave, the two cars follow the same escape plan they used at Danvers.
▪ They made a white flag and left by car.
▪ How did she avoid sweating into it when she left her car for the walk to the office?
▪ He awoke, forgetting he had left his car in gear, and switched on the engine.
▪ As I leave the car, I see that the little boy is now fast asleep.
▪ Doyle left the car too and stepped into an oriental bric-à-brac shop.
▪ Under the program that lasted through Monday, more than one million people were told to leave their cars at home.
race
▪ He had come up through motorcycle racing and saloon cars.
▪ Residents of Albatross Way have been suffering sleepless nights, plagued by rogue drivers racing their cars behind Presto supermarket.
▪ Howard Baker raced in a police car to Ford headquarters to make one last pitch for the deal.
▪ The jury has been told that it must decide whether or not the two men were racing their cars.
▪ Let us assume that Mr Peter Porter, an otherwise staid bureaucrat, spends his free time racing Porsche cars.
▪ Another of Shaffer's passions is racing his Formula Ford car to unwind in what little spare time he has.
run
▪ Then he ran to his car and drove five miles to alert police and park rangers.
▪ He had run his car into a light pole.
▪ It was tempting fate to run the new car in public-but McLaren had thought of that.
▪ Miguel got the serious giggles as he ran from the car, stumbling over bricks.
▪ He ran quickly to the car, not looking at the sign again.
▪ I had a twinge of hard joy as I ran after the car.
▪ They ran over to her car.
sell
▪ Mrs. Hamblin would have been precluded from denying the trader's authority to sell the car.
▪ Voice over Anyone considering selling counterfeit goods at car boot sales could face two years in prison or unlimited fines.
▪ Infiniti sold 3, 494 cars in December, up 3. 5 % from a year earlier.
▪ Clearly selling a second-hand car without an ignition key or registration document would not be acting in the ordinary course of business.
▪ Last year, Mazda took another step when it decided to sell Anfini channel cars through its Eunos dealerships.
▪ But that law can't be used to stop people selling heaters at car boot sales.
▪ For all of 1995, the luxurycar line sold 58, 616 cars, 14. 3 % more than in 1994.
steal
▪ Diving gear: Diving equipment and clothing worth £1,145 was stolen from Beaumont Street car park, Darlington, at the weekend.
▪ In March of 1994, I was convicted of stealing a car and two bicycles.
▪ Jacket taken: A sports jacket worth £100 was stolen from a car at Cod Beck reservoir near Osmotherley.
▪ It has also introduced excess payments for when goods are stolen from people's cars.
▪ He specialized in finding stolen luxury cars, developing excellent contacts with both police and criminals.
▪ The trouble was, he didn't know how to steal a car.
▪ It also attracts criminals, mostly nonviolent, who drive to trail heads and parking areas to steal from cars and campsites.
stop
▪ I stopped my car to observe more carefully what was going on, hoping the man behind me would not become impatient.
▪ Please, Khanji, could you stop the car?
▪ On 2 July 1987 her husband had stopped the car in front of her and insisted that she should sign, but she refused.
▪ During the drive home, we stop the car on the side of the highway, climb out and stare upward.
▪ Something else might have stopped the car.
▪ Usually, I was too shy to stop the car and go closer.
▪ Roman stopped the car and climbed out, came around to open her door.
▪ He stopped the car and rubbed his eyes.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bus load/car load/truck load etc
baby/child/car seat
▪ Boots have stopped selling car seats but say they will offer further information to people who've bought the Rainbow seat.
▪ He thought about hiding it in the car seat, but Firebug was always moving the thing around.
▪ However, a baby seat is safer than a carrycot for your baby.
▪ It fits all Kangol framed child seats.
▪ Miguel told him, picking a spot opposite the car seat for the desk.
▪ Some baby seats can be converted into car seats for older children.
▪ Two options you can not add, unfortunately, are a built-in child seat and fold down rear seatback.
▪ When buying a baby seat check its weight, capacity and whether it has an integral harness and quick-release buckle.
car/bike/greyhound etc racing
▪ As a boy you were so butch it hurt. Bike racing champ, marble wizard.
▪ Home of County cricket, League football and a greyhound racing stadium.
▪ Mosley's vision of cars and car racing in the next century would matter in this ecology-conscious age worried by recession.
▪ Sporting events such as car racing give me a headache.
▪ Stock car racing, they say, is family-oriented.
▪ Stock car racing, though, is old-fashioned.
▪ The move would not interfere with greyhound racing and would leave the old Plough Lane football ground available for redevelopment.
▪ They may beat us at cricket and bike racing, but we are better on crags!
desk/car/sink tidy
have access to a car/a computer etc
▪ It is seen as an effective means of business communication where relevant staff have access to a computer network.
high-performance cars/computers/tyres etc
▪ The high-performance cars are strictly for the racetrack ... and the message is, going too fast on the roads can kill.
▪ Under the month-long offer, basic models will be £200 cheaper, with the maximum discount on high-performance cars.
model aircraft/train/car etc
▪ A model car doesn't have to contain all the elements of an internal combustion engine in order to work as a toy!
▪ Andrew has been prompted to make a model car like his dad's.
▪ Corgi sent a full range of their model cars, including Rolls Royces and Porsches.
▪ Genghis, assembled out of model car parts, weighed only 3. 6 pounds.
▪ I built model cars when I was younger.
▪ Loafers that looked more like model cars.
▪ Some people like model trains or football.
▪ The sum was raised at a model aircraft flying display that was all but washed out through appalling weather.
musician/player/car etc of the year
▪ A former Car of the Year winner, it has done well on the Continent but has been under-rated here.
▪ All won national Player of the Year honors during their Bruins careers.
▪ Going up against league player of the year Mary Raskauskas, Thompson tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds.
▪ Jeff was voted their Player of the Year last season, but they've let me have him for six months.
▪ On defense, Mutombo, the three-time defensive player of the year, hung around the lane to block and alter shots.
▪ Then came the news of Price, the two-time City 4-A Player of the Year.
oncoming car/traffic etc
▪ It was left parked next to a bus stop, facing oncoming traffic, with its headlights on.
▪ No oncoming traffic, he said.
▪ The pause became so long that Paula looked anxiously at her passenger, his face illuminated by the headlights of oncoming cars.
▪ The person driving was forced to stop when Glover walked himself and Paul almost into the oncoming car.
▪ There was the fork ahead of him, and he slowed for a gap in the oncoming traffic.
▪ This will mean that you have to look only one way for the oncoming traffic.
▪ We came around a bend, and soon found out why the oncoming traffic had stopped.
used cars/clothes etc
▪ Crackdown shows one third of used cars are not safe.
▪ However, with used cars, who knows?
▪ Leased a gravel lot for $ 15 a month and sold used cars.
▪ Now the tax on importing used cars has been slashed.
▪ The family also sticks to used cars.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Cars were parked on both sides of the road.
▪ I stayed in the dining car, drinking a glass of red wine.
▪ You can take my car to work today if you need to.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But that law can't be used to stop people selling heaters at car boot sales.
▪ Further reports on lighting and car loans will be presented to the council in coming months.
▪ He had trouble getting the car on the phone and he finally located one.
▪ Out on the street the man escorted Lee to a green-and-white squad car.
▪ That car collided with the vehicle in which Waltrick was riding.
▪ The car where Uday met his fate?
▪ The thugs stole £20 from his wallet before fleeing the car park at Reading, Berks.
▪ To make such trips affordable, students drive their own cars, following the teachers.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

car

Automobile \Au"to*mo*bile`\, n. [F.] a self-propelled vehicle used for transporting passengers, suitable for use on a street or roadway. Many diferent models of automobiles have beenbuilt and sold commercially, possessing varied features such as a retractable roof (in a convertible), different braking systems, different propulsion systems, and varied styling. Most models have four wheels but some have been built with three wheels. Automobiles are usually propelled by internal combustion engines (using volatile inflammable liquids, as gasoline or petrol, alcohol, naphtha, etc.), and sometimes by steam engines, or electric motors. The power of the driving motor varies from under 50 H. P. for earlier models to over 200 H. P. larger models or high-performance sports or racing cars. An automobile is commonly called a car or an auto, and generally in British usage, motor cars.

Syn: car, auto, machine, motorcar.

car

Gauge \Gauge\, n. [Written also gage.]

  1. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard.

    This plate must be a gauge to file your worm and groove to equal breadth by.
    --Moxon.

    There is not in our hands any fixed gauge of minds.
    --I. Taylor.

  2. Measure; dimensions; estimate.

    The gauge and dimensions of misery, depression, and contempt.
    --Burke.

  3. (Mach. & Manuf.) Any instrument for ascertaining or regulating the dimensions or forms of things; a templet or template; as, a button maker's gauge.

  4. (Physics) Any instrument or apparatus for measuring the state of a phenomenon, or for ascertaining its numerical elements at any moment; -- usually applied to some particular instrument; as, a rain gauge; a steam gauge.

  5. (Naut.)

    1. Relative positions of two or more vessels with reference to the wind; as, a vessel has the weather gauge of another when on the windward side of it, and the lee gauge when on the lee side of it.

    2. The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.
      --Totten.

  6. The distance between the rails of a railway.

    Note: The standard gauge of railroads in most countries is four feet, eight and one half inches. Wide, or broad, gauge, in the United States, is six feet; in England, seven feet, and generally any gauge exceeding standard gauge. Any gauge less than standard gauge is now called narrow gauge. It varies from two feet to three feet six inches.

  7. (Plastering) The quantity of plaster of Paris used with common plaster to accelerate its setting.

  8. (Building) That part of a shingle, slate, or tile, which is exposed to the weather, when laid; also, one course of such shingles, slates, or tiles. Gauge of a carriage, car, etc., the distance between the wheels; -- ordinarily called the track. Gauge cock, a stop cock used as a try cock for ascertaining the height of the water level in a steam boiler. Gauge concussion (Railroads), the jar caused by a car-wheel flange striking the edge of the rail. Gauge glass, a glass tube for a water gauge. Gauge lathe, an automatic lathe for turning a round object having an irregular profile, as a baluster or chair round, to a templet or gauge. Gauge point, the diameter of a cylinder whose altitude is one inch, and contents equal to that of a unit of a given measure; -- a term used in gauging casks, etc. Gauge rod, a graduated rod, for measuring the capacity of barrels, casks, etc. Gauge saw, a handsaw, with a gauge to regulate the depth of cut. --Knight. Gauge stuff, a stiff and compact plaster, used in making cornices, moldings, etc., by means of a templet. Gauge wheel, a wheel at the forward end of a plow beam, to determine the depth of the furrow. Joiner's gauge, an instrument used to strike a line parallel to the straight side of a board, etc. Printer's gauge, an instrument to regulate the length of the page. Rain gauge, an instrument for measuring the quantity of rain at any given place. Salt gauge, or Brine gauge, an instrument or contrivance for indicating the degree of saltness of water from its specific gravity, as in the boilers of ocean steamers. Sea gauge, an instrument for finding the depth of the sea. Siphon gauge, a glass siphon tube, partly filled with mercury, -- used to indicate pressure, as of steam, or the degree of rarefaction produced in the receiver of an air pump or other vacuum; a manometer. Sliding gauge. (Mach.)

    1. A templet or pattern for gauging the commonly accepted dimensions or shape of certain parts in general use, as screws, railway-car axles, etc.

    2. A gauge used only for testing other similar gauges, and preserved as a reference, to detect wear of the working gauges.

    3. (Railroads) See Note under Gauge, n., 5. Star gauge (Ordnance), an instrument for measuring the diameter of the bore of a cannon at any point of its length. Steam gauge, an instrument for measuring the pressure of steam, as in a boiler. Tide gauge, an instrument for determining the height of the tides. Vacuum gauge, a species of barometer for determining the relative elasticities of the vapor in the condenser of a steam engine and the air. Water gauge.

      1. A contrivance for indicating the height of a water surface, as in a steam boiler; as by a gauge cock or glass.

      2. The height of the water in the boiler.

        Wind gauge, an instrument for measuring the force of the wind on any given surface; an anemometer.

        Wire gauge, a gauge for determining the diameter of wire or the thickness of sheet metal; also, a standard of size. See under Wire.

Wikipedia

Car (magazine)

Car is a British automotive enthusiast magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media. International editions are published by Bauer Automotive in Brazil, China, Greece, India, Malaysia (since December 2012, through Astro), Mexico, the Middle East, Poland (under the title Cars), Romania, Russia, South Africa (under the title topcar), Spain, Thailand and Turkey. A Japanese counterpart, , is published by Neko Publishing.

Car features a regular group test under the 'Giant Test' name, which was originally developed by the magazine in the 1970s. It also features 'newcomer' first drives of new cars, interviews with significant figures in the motor industry and other features.

Car (disambiguation)

A car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers.

Car, Cars, CAR or CARs may also refer to:

Car (Greek mythology)

Car or Kar is a name in Greek mythology that refers to two characters who may or may not be one and the same.

The name "Car" is unrelated to the English word " car" (vehicle).

Čar

Čar is a village in the municipality of Bujanovac, Serbia. According to the 2002 census, the town has a population of 296 people.

Car (King of Caria)

Car of the Carians , according to Herodotus, was the brother of Lydus and Mysus. He was regarded as the eponymous and ancestral hero of the Carians who would have received their name from the king. He may or may not be the same as Car of Megara

The name "Car" is unrelated to the English word " car" (vehicle).

Car (surname)

Car is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Marko Car (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Mirosław Car (1960–2013), Polish footballer
  • Roberto Car (born 1947), Italian physicist
Wiktionary

car

init. Central African Republic

WordNet

car

  1. n. 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work" [syn: auto, automobile, machine, motorcar]

  2. a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; "three cars had jumped the rails" [syn: railcar, railway car, railroad car]

  3. a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway; "they took a cable car to the top of the mountain" [syn: cable car]

  4. car suspended from an airship and carrying personnel and cargo and power plant [syn: gondola]

  5. where passengers ride up and down; "the car was on the top floor" [syn: elevator car]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

car

c.1300, "wheeled vehicle," from Anglo-French carre, Old North French carre, from Vulgar Latin *carra, related to Latin carrum, carrus (plural carra), originally "two-wheeled Celtic war chariot," from Gaulish karros, a Celtic word (compare Old Irish and Welsh carr "cart, wagon," Breton karr "chariot"), from PIE *krsos, from root *kers- "to run" (see current (adj.)).\n

\n"From 16th to 19th c. chiefly poetic, with associations of dignity, solemnity, or splendour ..." [OED]. Used in U.S. by 1826 of railway freight carriages and of passenger coaches on a railway by 1830; by 1862 of a streetcar or tramway car. Extension to "automobile" is by 1896, but from 1831 to the first decade of 20c. the cars meant "railroad train." Car bomb first 1972, in reference to Northern Ireland. The Latin word also is the source of Italian and Spanish carro, French char.

Usage examples of "car".

Each time he returned to the car, he half expected the girl to be gone, but she sat quietly holding the baby and absently stared toward infinity.

For instance, if your forward-facing chair is bolted to the floor and your compartment is being accelerated forward, you will feel the force of your seat on your back just as with the car described by Albert.

As he studied her sleeping face, he ached inside to stop the car and take hold of her, to whisper her name against her mouth, to tell her how much he loved her, how much he wanted her, so much that already his body-He cursed under his breath, reminding himself that he was closer now to forty than to twenty and that the turbulent, uncontrollable reaction of his body to the merest thought of touching her was the reaction of an immature boy, not an adult man.

The valley wanted to get everything to market in one generation, indifferent to the fate of those who should come after-the passes through the mountains being choked by cars carrying to the coasts crops from increasing acreage of declining productivity or the products of swiftly disappearing forests or the output of mines that must soon be exhausted.

When the MP car went back across the tracks, carson got out and let himself into the admin office.

Her childhood and adolescence had been full enough of taps on the phone, cars across the street, name-calling and fights in school.

In addition, because businesses in the enclosed center no longer had to advertise to passing car traffic, their storefronts could be more subdued and harmonious.

It had been arranged that the two girls were to spin back to town in the car, the aeroplane following them as closely as possible from above.

To think how when I find this lucky star, And stand beneath it, like the Wise of old, I shall mount upward on a golden car, Girt round with glory unto worlds afar, While Earth amazed the wonder shall behold, That bears me unto happiness untold!

Honorius the afrit leaped upon the bonnet of the car, femurs akimbo, hands on hip bones, skull cocked at a jaunty angle.

A siren dome, a police car, and he pulled back the injection slide on top of his gun, releasing it, aiming steadily.

In the dingy little dining-room of the Albergo Monte Gazza, a mountain inn miles from anywhere, situation arduous for walkers and pointless for cars, tariff humanely adjusted to the purses of the penniless, his poise and finish made him a grotesque.

He had to put up with alcopop containers and Nonik cartons and similar refuse thrown from the cars on their way to blowouts in Gunnartown, but it was worth it.

To his right, a row of dead salmon birds and ribbon birds, Alfin smiling in his sleep, and one of the Carther Tribe women, the pregnant one, Ilsa.

This was the person who had driven my car through the night five months before--the person I had not seen since that brief call when he had forgotten the oldtime doorbell signal and stirred such nebulous fears in me--and now he filled me with the same dim feeling of blasphemous alienage and ineffable cosmic hideousness.