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car (n.)

14世纪, “轮式车辆”, 来自英法 carre, 古北法 carre, 来自古拉丁语 *carra, 与拉丁语 carrum, carrus (复数 carra) 有关, 原为“两轮凯尔特战车”, 来自高卢语 karros, 是凯尔特语(比较古爱尔兰语和威尔士语 carr “车, 马车”, 布列塔尼语 karr “战车” ), 来自PIE *krsos, 来自词根 *kers- “跑”.

“从16世纪到19世纪, 主要是诗意的, 有尊严, 庄严或辉煌的联想. .. .. .” [OED]. 在美国, 1826年用于铁路货运车厢, 1830年用于铁路上的客车; 1862年用于街车或电车. 延伸到“汽车” 是到1896年, 但从1831年到20世纪前10年, the cars 意为“铁路列车”. Car bomb 最早证明是1972年, 是指北爱尔兰. 拉丁语也是意大利语和西班牙语 carro, 法语 char.

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Definitions of car

car (n.)
a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine;
he needs a car to get to work
Synonyms: auto / automobile / machine / motorcar
car (n.)
a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad;
three cars had jumped the rails
Synonyms: railcar / railway car / railroad car
car (n.)
the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant;
Synonyms: gondola
car (n.)
where passengers ride up and down;
the car was on the top floor
Synonyms: elevator car
car (n.)
a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway;
they took a cable car to the top of the mountain
Synonyms: cable car
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