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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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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.
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.
For freight to Los Angeles on a carload of cattle the railroad charged eight dollars.
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.
weekly rail traffic was 580,108 carloads and intermodal units, up 7 percent compared with the same week last year.
GWI's traffic in March 2010 was 74,923 carloads, an increase of 4,820 carloads, or 6.
GWI's traffic in May 2012 was 78,536 carloads, a decrease of 3,783 carloads, or 4.
GWI's traffic in February 2010 was 63,583 carloads, a decrease of 6,261 carloads, or 9.
GWI's traffic in April 2012 was 77,626 carloads, a decrease of 4,564 carloads, or 5.
GWI's traffic in November 2009 was 62,977 carloads, a decrease of 8,522 carloads, or 11.
GWI's traffic in March 2012 was 77,046 carloads, a decrease of 12,088 carloads, or 13.