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Webster 1913 Edition


Freight

Freight

(frāt)
,
Noun.
[F.
fret
, OHG.
frēht
merit, reward. See
Fraught
,
Noun.
]
1.
That with which anything is fraught or laden for transportation; lading; cargo, especially of a ship, or a car on a railroad, etc.;
as, a
freight
of cotton; a full
freight
.
2.
(Law)
(a)
The sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired.
(b)
The price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods.
Wharton.
3.
Freight transportation, or freight line.

Freight

(frāt)
,
Adj.
Employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight;
as, a
freight
car
.
Freight agent
,
a person employed by a transportation company to receive, forward, or deliver goods.
Freight car
.
See under
Car
.
Freight train
,
a railroad train made up of freight cars; – called in England
goods train
.

Freight

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Freighted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Freighting
.]
[Cf. F.
freter
.]
To load with goods, as a ship, or vehicle of any kind, for transporting them from one place to another; to furnish with freight;
as, to
freight
a ship; to
freight
a car.

Webster 1828 Edition


Freight

FREIGHT

,
Noun.
frate. [L. fero; formed like bright.]
1.
The cargo, or any part of the cargo of a ship; lading; that which is carried by water. The freight of a ship consists of cotton; the ship has not a full freight; the owners have advertised for freight; freight will be paid for by the ton.
2.
Transportation of goods. We paid four dollars a ton for the freight from London to Barcelona.
3.
The hire of a ship, or money charged or paid for the transportation of goods. After paying freight and charges, the profit is trifling.

FREIGHT

, v.t.
1.
To load with goods, as a ship or vessel of any kind, for transporting them from one place to another. We freighted the ship for Amsterdam; the ship was freighted with flour for Havana.
2.
To load as the burden.

Definition 2021


freight

freight

English

Noun

freight (uncountable)

  1. Payment for transportation.
    The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.
    • 1881, Federal Reporter, 1st Series, Vol. 6, p. 412:
      Had the ship earned her freight? To earn freight there must, of course, be either a right delivery, or a due and proper offer to deliver the goods to the consignees.
  2. Goods or items in transport.
    The freight shifted and the trailer turned over on the highway.
  3. Transport of goods.
    They shipped it ordinary freight to spare the expense.
  4. (figuratively) Cultural or emotional associations.
    A wedding ring is small, but it has massive emotional freight.

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freight (third-person singular simple present freights, present participle freighting, simple past and past participle freighted)

  1. (transitive) To transport (goods).
  2. To load with freight. Also figurative.
    • 1957, James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues,” in Going to Meet the Man, Dial, 1965,
      Everything I did seemed awkward to me, and everything I said sounded freighted with hidden meaning.
    • 2014 March 1, Rupert Christiansen, “English translations rarely sing”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review), page R19:
      English National Opera is a title freighted with implications, and that first adjective promises not only a geographical reach, but a linguistic commitment too.

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