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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a freight/goods train
▪ a freight train carrying hazardous chemicals
freight car
freight train
▪ The heavy freight diesel replacement policy was a muddle from beginning to end.
▪ Assembled products can be quickly shipped to wherever they are needed with just-in-time air freight delivery systems.
▪ Government decided that the whole of the railway freight business should pay its way.
▪ It was a vital part of the railway freight business.
▪ The bait, in the form of the unlocked freight car, had been taken.
▪ Background: Arizona law limited train lengths to fourteen passenger cars or seventy freight cars in the asserted interests of safety.
▪ It was stencilled in white paint on the freight car fourth from the front.
▪ He made a mental note of the number of coaches and freight cars.
▪ Six coaches and eight freight cars.
▪ It smashed against the rusted freight car behind her, shattering the glass exterior and buckling the sensitive anode.
▪ The wind still managed to find a way through the hairline crack, whistling eerily around the interior of the freight car.
▪ Her grim smile was triumphant when she turned back to the open freight car.
▪ Customs occupy a self-contained area within accommodation provided for freight companies requiring offices without warehousing.
▪ Its loss-making state rail network was split into six geographically-based companies and one freight company in 1987.
▪ This bond requirement is not a substitute for the normal liability insurance carried by freight forwarders.
▪ Some of the changes in Hamburg reflected the increasingly important role of freight forwarders.
▪ His first heavy main-line passenger and fast freight locomotive, of the 4-6-2 type, was built in 1941.
▪ From 1942 a class of more powerful 0-6-0 freight locomotives also gave excellent results.
▪ Such uncertainty could deter potential private freight operators.
▪ This is expected to lead to a halving of rail freight tariffs by 2005.
▪ The road lobby once again reigns supreme with rail freight raising prices to meet absurd Government targets.
▪ Fewer people have a car and half of Britain's rail freight is unloaded here.
▪ The station closed to passengers as from December 31, 1962 although freight services continued for some months more from Hereford to Eardisley.
▪ The current thinking is to sell off freight services first.
▪ The crash happened after a high-speed mainline train smashed into a freight service, near Selby, north Yorkshire.
▪ Passenger services ceased in the early 1950s and freight services in 1981.
▪ Finally, in 1940, freight traffic ceased and the track was removed in 1941.
▪ In Arizona, approximately 93 % of the freight traffic and 95 % of the passenger traffic is interstate.
▪ The local Station served the surrounding community and carried a fair amount of passenger and freight traffic.
▪ Until 1987 there were two separate train ferry operations for through freight traffic between Britain and the continent, Dover-Dunkerque and Harwich-Zeebrugge.
▪ This short-sighted analysis by Serpell is shown up most clearly in the section on freight traffic.
▪ On 1 May 1956 this branch finally closed, having been opened to passenger and freight traffic in 1863.
▪ The miners were joined by striking railway workers, who halted freight traffic.
▪ For all sorts of environmental reasons rail should be encouraged to increase its share of freight traffic.
▪ A spokesman said the freight train driver spotted the danger but could not prevent the collision.
▪ The state government retains the right to license other operators to run passenger and freight trains over the country rail network.
▪ Amtrak does, although Conrail has an exclusive right to operate any freight trains on the corridor.
▪ Jack was able to stop the freight train without accident.
▪ The freight train was partially derailed, with its shattered front end resting close to a home.
▪ What is the length of the longest ever recorded freight train?
▪ Meanwhile, the New Zealand Interislander Ferry is bearing down on us like a 350-foot long, 40-foot tall aquatic freight train.
▪ Land freight transport services contributed £353m in 1991, an increase of more than £30m on 1990.
▪ Housing construction and freight transport declined by 3 percent and 2 percent respectively in 1989 compared with 1988.
▪ This is certain to be opposed vigorously by freight transport organisations which argue that road taxes are already high in this country.
▪ It doesn't just have Peavey - it has freight yards, shopping malls and medical research.
▪ This was a one-off event as the freight yard tracks are due to be lifted later in the summer.
▪ Eric's guitar sounded like two steel rail wagons clanging together in a Chicago freight yard at 4am.
▪ This bond requirement is not a substitute for the normal liability insurance carried by freight forwarders.
▪ Coal carried by the freight train was scattered about in heaps.
▪ By 1856 the canals were carrying half as much freight as the railways.
▪ Holly carries a great freight of metaphor in his rucksack.
▪ The double track Botleks tunnel under the Oude Maas will carry freight trains between the docks and the Betuwe line.
▪ The basic model is listed at $16,298 plus $500 freight.
▪ These trains haul freight between Grand Junction and Denver.
▪ A class 31 is seen coming off the Mansfield line with a freight from Clipstone in 1965.
▪ Prices begin at $ 15, 825 with freight for a two-door model with rearwheel drive only.
▪ The defendants alleged short delivery under a contract of carriage and withheld part of the freight payable under the contract.
▪ The significance of red Few colours have been so heavily freighted with symbolic resonances as red.
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.]

  1. 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.

  2. (Law)

    1. The sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired.

    2. The price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods.

  3. 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.


"to load (a ship) with goods or merchandise for shipment," mid-15c. variant of Middle English fraught (v.) "to load (a ship)," c.1400; see fraught, and compare freight (n.). Figuratively, "to carry or transport," 1530s. Related: Freighted; freighting.


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''.

  1. v. transport commercially as cargo

  2. load with goods for transportation

  1. n. goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: cargo, lading, load, loading, payload, shipment, consignment]

  2. transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates [syn: freightage]

  3. the charge for transporting something by common carrier; "we pay the freight"; "the freight rate is usually cheaper" [syn: freightage, freight rate]


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.