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CAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does car mean? 

CAR (noun)
  The noun CAR has 5 senses:

1. a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
2. a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad
3. a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
4. the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
5. where passengers ride up and down

  Familiarity information: CAR used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CAR (noun)


Sense 1car [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

auto; automobile; car; motorcar; machine

Context example:

he needs a car to get to work

Hypernyms ("car" is a kind of...):

automotive vehicle; motor vehicle (a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails)

Meronyms (parts of "car"):

glove compartment (compartment on the dashboard of a car)

grille; radiator grille (grating that admits cooling air to car's radiator)

high; high gear (a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed)

bonnet; cowl; cowling; hood (protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine)

automobile trunk; luggage compartment; trunk (compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools)

rear window (car window that allows vision out of the back of the car)

reverse (the gears by which the motion of a machine can be reversed)

roof (protective covering on top of a motor vehicle)

running board (a narrow footboard serving as a step beneath the doors of some old cars)

anti-sway bar; stabilizer bar (a rigid metal bar between the front suspensions and between the rear suspensions of cars and trucks; serves to stabilize the chassis)

sunroof; sunshine-roof (an automobile roof having a sliding or raisable panel)

fin; tail fin; tailfin (one of a pair of decorations projecting above the rear fenders of an automobile)

third; third gear (the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box of a motor vehicle)

window (a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened)

gasoline engine (an internal-combustion engine that burns gasoline; most automobiles are driven by gasoline engines)

floorboard (the floor of an automobile)

first; first gear; low; low gear (the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving)

accelerator; accelerator pedal; gas; gas pedal; gun; throttle (a pedal that controls the throttle valve)

air bag (a safety restraint in an automobile; the bag inflates on collision and prevents the driver or passenger from being thrown forward)

auto accessory (an accessory for an automobile)

automobile engine (the engine that propels an automobile)

automobile horn; car horn; hooter; horn; motor horn (a device on an automobile for making a warning noise)

buffer; fender (a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to contact)

bumper (a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage)

fender; wing (a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud)

car window (a window in a car)

car door (the door of a car)

car mirror (a mirror that the driver of a car can use)

car seat (a seat in a car)

Domain member category:

passenger; rider (a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it)

adhesive friction; grip; traction (the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road))

chattel; movable; personal chattel (personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc))

prang (crash)

hopped-up ((of an automobile) having the engine modified to give extra power)

rental; renting (the act of paying for the use of something (as an apartment or house or car))

tunnel (a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars))

backseat (a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile))

road map (a map showing roads (for automobile travel))

saleroom; salesroom; showroom (an area where merchandise (such as cars) can be displayed)

spark lever ((on early automobiles) a lever mounted on the steering column and used to adjust the timing of the ignition)

alternator (an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "car"):

minicar (a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car)

minivan (a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car)

Model T (the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927)

pace car (a high-performance car that leads a parade of competing cars through the pace lap and then pulls off the course)

race car; racer; racing car (a fast car that competes in races)

roadster; runabout; two-seater (an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat)

sedan (a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors)

sport car; sports car (a small low car with a high-powered engine; usually seats two persons)

S.U.V.; sport utility; sport utility vehicle; SUV (a high-performance four-wheel drive car built on a truck chassis)

Stanley Steamer (a steam-powered automobile)

stock car (a car kept in dealers' stock for regular sales)

subcompact; subcompact car (a car smaller than a compact car)

phaeton; tourer; touring car (large open car seating four with folding top)

secondhand car; used-car (a car that has been previously owned; not a new car)

loaner (a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair)

limo; limousine (large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur)

jeep; landrover (a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain)

ambulance (a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals)

beach waggon; beach wagon; station waggon; station wagon; waggon; wagon (a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat)

bus; heap; jalopy (a car that is old and unreliable)

cab; hack; taxi; taxicab (a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money)

compact; compact car (a small and economical car)

convertible (a car that has top that can be folded or removed)

coupe (a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment)

cruiser; patrol car; police car; police cruiser; prowl car; squad car (a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters)

hot rod; hot-rod (a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration)

horseless carriage (an early term for an automobile)

hatchback (a car having a hatchback door)

hardtop (a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top)

gas guzzler (a car with relatively low fuel efficiency)

electric; electric automobile; electric car (a car that is powered by electricity)


Sense 2car [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

railway car; railcar; railroad car; car

Context example:

three cars had jumped the rails

Hypernyms ("car" is a kind of...):

wheeled vehicle (a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people)

Meronyms (parts of "car"):

suspension; suspension system (a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "car"):

tender (car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water)

slip carriage; slip coach (a railway car at the end of the train; it can be detached without stopping the train)

carriage; coach; passenger car (a railcar where passengers ride)

mail car (a railway car in which mail is transported and sorted)

handcar (a small railroad car propelled by hand or by a small motor)

guard's van (the car on a train that is occupied by the guard)

freight car (a railway car that carries freight)

club car; lounge car (railroad car having a bar and tables and lounge chairs)

cabin car; caboose (a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train)

baggage car; luggage van (a railway car where passengers' bags are carried)

Holonyms ("car" is a member of...):

railroad train; train (public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive)


Sense 3car [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cable car; car

Context example:

they took a cable car to the top of the mountain

Hypernyms ("car" is a kind of...):

compartment (a partitioned section or separate room within a larger enclosed area)

Holonyms ("car" is a part of...):

cable railway; funicular; funicular railway (a railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars)


Sense 4car [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gondola; car

Hypernyms ("car" is a kind of...):

compartment (a partitioned section or separate room within a larger enclosed area)

Holonyms ("car" is a part of...):

airship; dirigible (a steerable self-propelled airship)


Sense 5car [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Where passengers ride up and down

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

elevator car; car

Context example:

the car was on the top floor

Hypernyms ("car" is a kind of...):

compartment (a partitioned section or separate room within a larger enclosed area)

Holonyms ("car" is a part of...):

elevator; lift (lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building)


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