Meaning of “boxcar” in the English Dictionary

"boxcar" in English

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boxcarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɒks.kɑːr/ us /ˈbɑːks.kɑːr/ US

Examples from literature

  • Bunny and Sue crossed the street and walked along the string of boxcars, looking into those the doors of which were open. 
  • Is that freight? asked Sue, pointing to some broken boxes on the ground near a boxcar, the door of which stood open. 
  • Now he hurried to pass down the train to a boxcar with an open door. 
  • One day all of us who were able to walk were made to fall in and march over to the railroad, where we were loaded into boxcars. 
  • Rip had never seen an old-type railroad, or he might have likened the landing boat to a railroad boxcar. 

(Definition of “boxcar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"boxcar" in American English

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boxcarnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɑksˌkɑr/

a railroad car with sliding doors and a roof, which is used to carry freight

(Definition of “boxcar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"boxcar" in Business English

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boxcarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɒkskɑːr/ us TRANSPORT

US a covered railway car with sliding doors on its sides, used for transporting goods:

Eight truckloads of merchandise a day are bound for the rail yard to be loaded onto boxcars.

(Definition of “boxcar” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)