What does car mean?

Definitions for car

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word car.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcarnoun

    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

    "he needs a car to get to work"

  2. car, railcar, railway car, railroad carnoun

    a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad

    "three cars had jumped the rails"

  3. car, gondolanoun

    the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant

  4. car, elevator carnoun

    where passengers ride up and down

    "the car was on the top floor"

  5. cable car, carnoun

    a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway

    "they took a cable car to the top of the mountain"


  1. Carnoun

    A Nicobarese language having the ISO 639-3 code "caq."

  2. Etymology: From carre, from carre, from carra, neuter plural of carrus Compare Celtic carr (two-wheeled chariot), from Gaulish karros, from Proto-Indo-European *krsos, from Proto-Indo-European base *kers- (to run).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Car, Char

    in the names of places, seem to have relation to the British caer, a city. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. Carnoun

    Etymology: car, Welch; karre, Dut. cræt, Sax. carrus, Lat.

    When a lady comes in a coach to our shops, it must be followed by a car loaded with Mr. Wood’s money. Jonathan Swift.

    Henry is dead, and never shall revive:
    Upon a wooden coffin we attend,
    And death’s dishonourable victory,
    We with our stately presence glorify,
    Like captives bound to a triumphant car. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Wilt thou aspire to guide the heav’nly car,
    And with thy daring folly burn the world. William Shakespeare.

    And the gilded car of day,
    His glowing axle doth allay
    In the steep Atlantick stream. John Milton.

    See, where he comes, the darling of the war!
    See millions crouding round the gilded car! Matthew Prior.

    Ev’ry fixt and ev’ry wand’ring star,
    The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car. Dryden.


  1. Car

    A car (or automobile) is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of cars say that they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four wheels, and mainly transport people rather than goods.Cars came into global use during the 20th century, and developed economies depend on them. The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available in the early 20th century. One of the first cars accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced animal-drawn carriages and carts, but took much longer to be accepted in Western Europe and other parts of the world.Cars have controls for driving, parking, passenger comfort, and a variety of lights. Over the decades, additional features and controls have been added to vehicles, making them progressively more complex, but also more reliable and easier to operate. These include rear-reversing cameras, air conditioning, navigation systems, and in-car entertainment. Most cars in use in the 2010s are propelled by an internal combustion engine, fueled by the combustion of fossil fuels. Electric cars, which were invented early in the history of the car, became commercially available in the 2000s and are predicted to cost less to buy than gasoline cars before 2025. The transition from fossil fuels to electric cars features prominently in most climate change mitigation scenarios, such as Project Drawdown's 100 actionable solutions for climate change.There are costs and benefits to car use. The costs to the individual include acquiring the vehicle, interest payments (if the car is financed), repairs and maintenance, fuel, depreciation, driving time, parking fees, taxes, and insurance. The costs to society include maintaining roads, land use, road congestion, air pollution, public health, healthcare, and disposing of the vehicle at the end of its life. Traffic collisions are the largest cause of injury-related deaths worldwide.The personal benefits include on-demand transportation, mobility, independence, and convenience. The societal benefits include economic benefits, such as job and wealth creation from the automotive industry, transportation provision, societal well-being from leisure and travel opportunities, and revenue generation from the taxes. People's ability to move flexibly from place to place has far-reaching implications for the nature of societies. There are around 1 billion cars in use worldwide. The numbers are increasing rapidly, especially in China, India and other newly industrialized countries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carnoun

    a small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart

  2. Carnoun

    a vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad

  3. Carnoun

    a chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity

  4. Carnoun

    the stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper

  5. Carnoun

    the cage of a lift or elevator

  6. Carnoun

    the basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to contain passengers, ballast, etc

  7. Carnoun

    a floating perforated box for living fish

  8. Etymology: [OF. car, char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir. & Gael. carr. cf. Chariot.]


  1. Car

    About 250 million vehicles are in the United States. Around the world, there were about 806 million cars and light trucks on the road in 2007; they burn over 260 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel yearly. The automotive industry designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells the world's motor vehicles. In 2007, more than 73 million motor vehicles, including cars and commercial vehicles were produced worldwide.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. car

    A north-country word, denoting any swampy land surrounded by inclosures, and occasionally under water.

Rap Dictionary

  1. carnoun


Editors Contribution

  1. car

    A type of vehicle.

    Cars are created in various colors.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

  2. car

    A type of vehicle created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, technology, facets, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Cars are created in various colors and materials.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. CAR

    What does CAR stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the CAR acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Car is ranked #30442 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Car surname appeared 767 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Car.

    55.6% or 427 total occurrences were White.
    22.9% or 176 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    17% or 131 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'car' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #329

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'car' in Written Corpus Frequency: #280

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'car' in Nouns Frequency: #59

Anagrams for car »

  1. arc

  2. ARC

  3. RAC

  4. RCA

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of car in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of car in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of car in a Sentence

  1. Laura Beil:

    I guess for them it was kind of like watching a car crash in slow motion. You can see things getting worse and worse, but you feel powerless to help. And that's how she felt and then it ended in this tragic way, so she was pretty devastated. The whole family is.

  2. Susie Myerson:

    They call it the tall wall on Sunset. I mean, I had to rush over there and park the car and just stare at it.

  3. Brenda Richardson:

    I got to the fifth gated community. I'm on my motorcycle, the gate was closing. I barely squeezed through. as I was driving through the parking lot, I got about halfway through. [ I saw a ] car parked there just bashed in. My heart dropped. I called the police [ and told them ] I think I found the car that hit my wife.

  4. Ellen Goodman:

    Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.

  5. Alejando Torres:

    Maybe I'd sell it if I could buy a modern diesel car at that price.

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