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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.
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.
rail volumes fell 3.6 percent to 17.66 million carloads and intermodal units for the week ending August 24, compared with the same period in 2018.
The improvements will allow growth of the lines annual number of agricultural carloads for export, from 263 carloads in 2018, to 4,000 carloads a year in the short term, and 15,000 in the long term.
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.
G&W's total traffic in May 2019 was 264,098 carloads, a decrease of 28,998 carloads, or 9.9%, compared with May 2018.
On Tuesday, G&W announced January carloads. Total traffic in January was 267,794 carloads, a decrease of 9,337 carloads, or 3.4 percent, compared with January 2018.
It transports approximately 10,000 annual carloads of agricultural products, feed, fertilizer, and lumber and forest products, of which approximately 2,000 carloads are interchanged with G/W's Georgia Central Railway.
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