Definitions for lorryˈlɔr i, ˈlɒr i
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a large low horse-drawn wagon without sides
a large truck designed to carry heavy loads; usually without sides
A motor vehicle for transporting goods; a truck.
A large low horse-drawn wagon.
A small cart or wagon, as used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish.
A barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations.
To soil, dirty, bespatter with mud or the like.
Origin: Origin obscure. Perhaps from English dialectal lurry. Perhaps of origin, related to lurja, lorja, lerja, lura, see lurt.
a small cart or wagon, as those used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish; also, a barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations
Among horse-drawn vehicles, a lorry was a low-loading trolley. It was used mainly for the carriage of other vehicles, for example for delivery from the coachbuilders or returning there for repair. Its very small wheels were mounted under the deck which had to be wider than the track of the vehicles to be carried. It had two ramps, stowed above the back axle and below the body. These were withdrawn from the lorry and one end of each attached to the back of the deck while the other ends rested on the ground. A winch, mounted on the headboard was then used to draw the load up the ramps and onto the deck. The winch cable, low fixed sideboards and a low hinged tailboard plus lashings retained it there. The lorry was rather like a wooden version of the modern car-carrying trailer, intended for towing behind a car, except that the wheels were wooden, with iron tyres and were not close-coupled. The front ones were on a steering undercarriage. The driver's seat was mounted on the top of the headboard. Around 1900, the lorry developed a sturdier form for carrying the heavier motor cars. These motor car lorries were two-horse vehicles, partly because of the weight carried but also because the roll-resistance of the very small wheels had to be overcome. For the same reason, it was primarily an urban vehicle so that, on the paved roads, the small wheels were not an insurmountable handicap. In any case, the axles were sprung.
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Lorry-makers have made no progress on fuel economy in 20 years.
We did manage to force EU governments to agree to the introduction of a new and safer lorry-cab design, although only as of 2019.
It all started with a woman in labor on the back of a lorry, by the time she reached the hospital via the longer - safe - route she had passed away.
Work continued throughout the night, but I expect all the bodies have been removed now, forensic investigators are still at the lorry and trying to establish all the facts.
I will never forget the moment when Peter van Pels and I saw a group of selected men. Among those men was Peter’s father. The men were marched away. Two hours later, a lorry came by, loaded with their clothing.
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