Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Freight \Freight\ (fr[=a]t), a. Employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight; as, a freight car.
Freight agent, a person employed by a transportation company to receive, forward, or deliver goods.
Freight car. See under Car.
Freight train, a railroad train made up of freight cars; -- called in England goods train.
Freight \Freight\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Freighting.] [Cf. F. freter.] To load with goods, as a ship, or vehicle of any kind, for transporting them from one place to another; to furnish with freight; as, to freight a ship; to freight a car.
Freight \Freight\ (fr[=a]t), n. [F. fret, OHG. fr[=e]ht merit, reward. See Fraught, n.]
That with which anything is fraught or laden for transportation; lading; cargo, especially of a ship, or a car on a railroad, etc.; as, a freight of cotton; a full freight.
The sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired.
The price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods.
Freight transportation, or freight line.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c. "transporting of goods and passengers by water," variant of fraght, which is from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht (see fraught). Danish fragt, Swedish frakt apparently also are from Dutch or Frisian. Also from Low German are Portuguese frete, Spanish flete, and French fret, which might have changed the vowel in this variant of the English word. Meaning "cargo of a ship" is from c.1500. Freight-train is from 1841.
v. transport commercially as cargo
load with goods for transportation
transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates [syn: freightage]
n. 1 payment for transportation. 2 goods or items in transport. 3 Transport of goods. 4 (label en figurative) cultural or emotional associations. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To transport (goods). 2 To load with freight. Also ''figurative''.
Usage examples of "freight".
The big Mogul and the freight were still held, and now it was much after seven, and Argenta all astir.
Combined with what Lester did to Zanzibar, the Manties have to be feeling as if they strayed in front of an out-of-control freight shuttle at the bottom of a gravity well.
Paganel asked John Mangles whether the raft could not follow the coast as far as Auckland, instead of landing its freight on the coast.
The men who worked at the Weissensee cemetery continued to go to work even when there was German field artillery in nearby Berliner Allee firing at targets in the open ground at Wartenberg, to the north of the freight railway lines.
Sliding down hill on a bobsleigh, he invariably tooted and whistled like an engine, and trudging uphill he puffed and imitated a heavy freight climbing up grade.
Harry could see the green work engine nose to nose with the freight car, its engineer and brakeman with their backs to them, working at the couplings.
A great number have been sightings of transients and freight riders and animals, even tree branches scratching at the window, not hadals.
East pay seven dollars a pair for canvasbacks and even pick up the cold freight charge.
It was a grand canoe trip--a weird procession of tawny, black-haired fellows swinging their paddles day after day, with their freight of ancient bones, leaving the sunny fishing grounds of the Nanticoke and the Choptank to seek a refuge from the detested white man in the cold mountains of Pennsylvania.
The fleet was eventually folded into two independent transportation companies that allowed the HBC preferential freight rates with no need for further capital expenditures.
Since all the usual weight limits had been waived in his favor, his comps, books, and even his antique drafting board had all been freighted from Earth.
Bottom like a freight druv by the Devil himself, or at least his next hottest hollerer.
Lake Fret revert to prairie, thereby costing the company a fortune for a new air or dryland freighting system.
Corpulent ducts belched and vomited their gaseous freight into enormous chuckling compressors.
The fact is, the freighting business had grown to such important proportions that there was nearly as much excitement over suddenly acquired toll-road fortunes as over the wonderful silver mines.