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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.
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the amount borne by an automobile: a carload of French tourists.
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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.]
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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.
ago Rail freight 0.7 1.3 4.0 Intermodal 1.6 0.7 5.6 Carload 0.4 1.4 3.7
The increased demand is also indicated by the Class I's record carload volume last year, which increased 256% over 2011 levels, according to AAR.
Earlier this month the Association of American Railroads said carloads of freight in August were up 1.1 percent from the previous year and intermodal hauling was up 6.2 percent.
"The 10,000th carload of ethanol moved by Ethanol Express service is truly something to celebrate," said BNSF group vice president Kevin Kaufman.
On the other side, several academicians and railroaders have recently questioned the merit of investing in carload service improvements.
carload volumes are down 1.2%, or 66,071 carloads, to 5,528,824, through the first five months of 2019, with the weekly carload average for May down 2.1% annually.