goods, cargo, or lading transported for pay, whether by water, land, or air.
the ordinary conveyance or means of transport of goods provided by common carriers (distinguished from ):
Shipping by freight is less expensive.
the charges, fee, or compensation paid for such transportation:
We pay the freight.
(especially in Britain) the cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a vessel; merchandise transported by water.
Chiefly British. transportation of goods by water.
Slang. cost or price, especially when high:
I’d like a larger house, but can’t afford the freight.
verb (used with object)
to load; burden:
a story heavily freighted with private meaning.
to load with goods or merchandise for transportation:
It took all night to freight the ship.
to transport as freight; send by freight.
(mainly Brit) a ship’s cargo or part of it
to load with goods for transport
(mainly US & Canadian) to convey commercially as or by freight
to load or burden; charge
early 13c., fraght, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht, meaning originally “cost of transport” and probably from a lost Old Frisian word, from Proto-Germanic *fra-aihtiz “absolute possession, property” (cf. Old High German freht “earnings”), from *fra-, intensive prefix, + *aik “to be master of, possess,” from PIE *aik- (see owe). Meaning “transporting of goods or passengers for money” is from late 14c. Danish fragt, Swedish frakt apparently also are from Frisian. As a verb, from late 14c.
pay the freight
noun 1. a locomotive for pulling freight trains, designed for high drawbar pull rather than high speed.
[frey-ter] /ˈfreɪ tər/ noun 1. a vessel used mainly for carrying cargo. 2. a large aircraft or spacecraft used primarily for transporting cargo and equipment: The space station of the future will be supplied by robot freighters. 3. a person whose occupation it is to receive and forward . 4. a person for whom is […]
noun 1. a person or firm that arranges to pick up or deliver goods on instructions of a shipper or a consignee from or to a point by various necessary conveyances and common carriers.
noun 1. a depot or storage place for freight.