a heavy two-wheeled vehicle, commonly without springs, drawn by mules, oxen, or the like, used for the conveyance of heavy goods.
a light two-wheeled vehicle with springs, drawn by a horse or pony.
any small vehicle pushed or pulled by hand.
Obsolete. a chariot.
to haul or convey in or as if in a cart or truck:
to cart garbage to the dump.
to drive a cart.
cart off/away, to transport or take away in an unceremonious manner:
The police came and carted him off to jail.
on the water cart, British. wagon (def 14).
put the cart before the horse, to do or place things in improper order; be illogical.
Contemporary Examples

carting an injured person, he was hauled up to the hovering helicopter.
Dr. Richard Carmona Faces a Tough Race as the Democratic Candidate for Senate in Arizona Terry Greene Sterling May 18, 2012

Meanwhile, back at the negotiating table, Kerry has been carting in cupcakes to buck up colleagues, The Washington Post tells us.
Supercommittee Sham: The Deadline and Trigger Farce Michelle Cottle November 17, 2011

(Last month, police raided the apartment complex, carting off boxes of Molotov cocktails).
Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers James Kirchick May 16, 2014

Expect to see many readers at the beach this summer carting around a 1,000-page novel with a dragon on the cover.
George R.R. Martin’s Triumphant Return Jace Lacob July 6, 2011

Historical Examples

The carting away of ice commenced on the 19th and concluded on March 27th.
Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen

“Ay, but I havena the contract for the carting,” said Gibson.
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown

Never did the urgency arise of carting my maltreated and perishing carcass to the hospital.
The Jacket (The Star-Rover) Jack London

But they mean to contract separate for carting the material.
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown

My task was to get the ashes outside ready for carting away.
From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine

A woman was carting rye, and she fell off the waggon head downwards.
Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov

a heavy open vehicle, usually having two wheels and drawn by horses, used in farming and to transport goods
a light open horse-drawn vehicle having two wheels and springs, for business or pleasure
any small vehicle drawn or pushed by hand, such as a trolley
put the cart before the horse, to reverse the usual or natural order of things
(usually transitive) to use or draw a cart to convey (goods, etc): to cart groceries
(transitive) to carry with effort; haul: to cart wood home
(radio, television) short for cartridge (sense 4)
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c.1200, from Old Norse kartr or a similar Scandinavian source, akin to and replacing Old English cræt “cart, wagon, chariot,” perhaps originally “body of a cart made of wickerwork, hamper” and related to Middle Dutch cratte “woven mat, hamper,” Dutch krat “basket,” Old English cradol (see cradle (n.)). To put the cart before the horse in a figurative sense is from 1510s in those words; the image in other words dates to mid-14c.

“to carry in a cart,” late 14c., from cart (n.). Related: Carted; carting.


To transport; move; take: I carted him over to the drug store/ Jesse James could have waltzed in there and carted off all the patio furniture (1880s+)
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a vehicle moving on wheels, and usually drawn by oxen (2 Sam. 6:3). The Hebrew word thus rendered, _’agalah_ (1 Sam. 6:7, 8), is also rendered “wagon” (Gen. 45:19). It is used also to denote a war-chariot (Ps. 46:9). Carts were used for the removal of the ark and its sacred utensils (Num. 7:3, 6). After retaining the ark amongst them for seven months, the Philistines sent it back to the Israelites. On this occasion they set it in a new cart, probably a rude construction, with solid wooden wheels like that still used in Western Asia, which was drawn by two milch cows, which conveyed it straight to Beth-shemesh. A “cart rope,” for the purpose of fastening loads on carts, is used (Isa. 5:18) as a symbol of the power of sinful pleasures or habits over him who indulges them. (See CORD.) In Syria and Palestine wheel-carriages for any other purpose than the conveyance of agricultural produce are almost unknown.

cart before the horse, put the
cart off


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