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1. The quantity that a car can hold.
2. The minimum weight necessary to ship freight by rail at a reduced rate.


the amount borne by an automobile: a carload of French tourists.



1. the amount carried by a car, esp. a freight car.
2. the minimum weight required to ship a load by rail at a discount rate (car′load rate`).
[1850–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carload - a gathering of passengers sufficient to fill an automobilecarload - a gathering of passengers sufficient to fill an automobile
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place
2.carload - the amount of cargo that can be held by a boat or ship or a freight car; "he imported wine by the boatload"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
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For freight to Los Angeles on a carload of cattle the railroad charged eight dollars.
To the companies that sell perishable commodities, an instantaneous conversation with a buyer in a distant city has often saved a carload or a cargo.
When I think of the benefactors of the race, whom we have apotheosized as messengers from heaven, bearers of divine gifts to man, I do not see in my mind any retinue at their heels, any carload of fashionable furniture.
This dried material they would then grind to a fine powder, and after they had mixed it up well with a mysterious but inoffensive brown rock which they brought in and ground up by the hundreds of carloads for that purpose, the substance was ready to be put into bags and sent out to the world as any one of a hundred different brands of standard bone phosphate.
Every year he goes to England, and he takes a hundred carloads of yellow Newton pippins with him.
weekly rail traffic was 559,989 carloads and intermodal units, up 3 percent compared with the same week last year.
The 10,000th carload of ethanol moved by Ethanol Express service is truly something to celebrate," said BNSF group vice president Kevin Kaufman.
50 - that's 50 percent more than it costs for a carload to get into Glacier Park for 10 days,'' said Mihalic, the superintendent.
Keep in mind that carloads are being bolstered by a bounce back in coal volumes due to natural gas prices rising and higher coal export levels, even though the AAR observes that coal volumes still remain low when matched up against historical norms.