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1. A light, four-wheeled open carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses.
2. A touring car.

[French phaéton, from Phaeton, Phaethon, from Old French, from Latin Phaethōn; see Phaëthon.]
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a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with or without a top, usually having two seats
[C18: from Phaëthon]
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(ˈfeɪ ɪ tn; esp. Brit. ˈfeɪt n)

1. a light, four-wheeled carriage used in the 19th century.
2. a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.
[1585–95; < Latin Phaetōn, variant of Phaethōn Phaëthon]
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A light four-wheeled carriage. Both sides of the carriage were open in front of the seats.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Phaeton - large open car seating four with folding topphaeton - large open car seating four with folding top
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
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(1) This wonderfully evocative and much-discussed list of stage properties includes several objects which are linked to Thomas Dekker's lost play "Phaethon," and one which sounds particularly strange: "Item, j hecfor for the playe of Faeton, the limes dead." (2) The entry is a longstanding puzzle in theater history, which has been variously called "mysterious," "unexplained," and even "inexplicable." (3) This paper is narrowly focussed on that single entry: it reopens the question of what this property was, and reconsiders what it was for.
Como se pondra de manifiesto en la siguiente seccion, todos los esfuerzos de este Faeton sarduyano van dirigidos a acceder a la materialidad del signo linguistico, a alcanzar "Los inescritos nombres de Dios" (117) como reza el titulo de uno de los poemas.