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Cart, n. Etym: [AS. cræt; 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. "Phoebus' cart." Shak.

2. A two-wheeled vehicle for the ordinary purposes of husbandry, or for transporting bulky and heavy articles. Packing all his goods in one poor cart. Dryden.

3. A light business wagon used by bakers, grocerymen, butchers, atc.

4. An open two-wheeled pleasure carriage. Cart horse, a horse which draws a cart; a horse bred or used for drawing heavy loads.

-- Cart load, or Cartload, as much as will fill or load a cart. In

excavating and carting sand, gravel, earth, etc., one third of a cubic yard of the material before it is loosened is estimated to be a cart load.

-- Cart rope, a stout rope for fastening a load on a cart; any

strong rope.

-- To put (or get or set) the cart before the horse, to invert the

order of related facts or ideas, as by putting an effect for a cause.

cart Cart, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carted; p. pr. & vb. n. Carting.]

1. To carry or convey in a cart.

2. To expose in a cart by way of punishment. She chuckled when a bawd was carted. Prior.

cart Cart, v. i.

Defn: To carry burdens in a cart; to follow the business of a carter.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Cart - A vehicle moving on wheels, and usually drawn by oxen (2 Samuel 6:3). The Hebrew word thus rendered, 'agalah (1 Samuel 6:7, 1 Samuel 6:8), is also rendered "wagon" (Genesis 45:19). It is used also to denote a war-chariot (Psalms 46:9). Carts were used for the removal of the ark and its sacred utensils (Numbers 7:3, Numbers 7:6). After retaining the ark amongst them for seven months, the Philistines sent it back to the Israelites. On this occasion they set it in a new cart, probably a rude construction, with solid wooden wheels like that still used in Western Asia, which was drawn by two milch cows, which conveyed it straight to Beth-shemesh. A "cart rope," for the purpose of fastening loads on carts, is used (Isaiah 5:18) as a symbol of the power of sinful pleasures or habits over him who indulges them. (See CORD.) In Syria and Palestine wheel-carriages for any other purpose than the conveyance of agricultural produce are almost unknown.

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