a strong open vehicle with two or four wheels, typically used for carrying loads and pulled by a horse.
a light two-wheeled open vehicle pulled by a single horse and used as a means of transport.
a shallow open container on wheels that may be pulled or pushed by hand.
a shopping cart.
1. (often be carted)
convey or put in a cart or similar vehicle:
the produce was packed in crates and carted to Kansas City.
2. [tr.] inf.
carry (a heavy or cumbersome object) somewhere with difficulty:
they carted the piano down three flights of stairs.
remove or convey (someone) somewhere unceremoniously:
they carted off the refugees in the middle of the night.
put the cart before the horse
reverse the proper order or procedure of something.DERIVATIVES:
/ -ˌfoŏl/ n.
(pl. -fuls) .
, apparat, art, baht, Bart, Barthes, cart, carte, chart, clart, dart, Eilat, fart, ghat, Gujarat, Gujrat, hart, Harte, heart, heart-to-heart, impart, Jat, kart, kyat, Maat, Mansart, mart, outsmart, part, quarte, salat, savate, Scart, smart, start, tart, zakat
•Hobart • wallchart • flow chart
•Bogart • Stuttgart • Earhart
•greenheart • sweetheart • Leichhardt
•Reinhardt • Bernhardt • handcart
•Descartes • dogcart • go-kart
•pushcart • dustcart • rampart
•forepart • underpart • Bonaparte
•counterpart • Bundesrat • Robsart
•Mozart • Hallstatt • kick-start
•push-start • upstart
in the cart in serious trouble or difficulty, probably deriving from the historical sense of a cart as used for conveying convicts to the gallows and for the public exposure of offenders.
put the cart before the horse reverse the proper order of things; the expression is recorded from the early 16th century.
See also upset the apple
†carriage; strong two-wheeled vehicle XIII; light sprung two-wheeled vehicle XIX. ME. carte
; (i) partly metathetic repr. of OE. cræt
; (ii) partly — cogn. ON. kartr
; prob. infl. by AN., ONF. carete
cart), dim. of c(h)ar CAR