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FREIGHT, n. frate. [L. fero; formed like bright.]
n. & v. --n. 1 the transport of goods in containers or by water or air or US by land. 2 goods transported; cargo. 3 a charge for transportation of goods. 4 the hire of a ship or aircraft for transporting goods. 5 a load or burden. --v.tr. 1 transport (goods) as freight. 2 load with freight. 3 hire or let out (a ship) for the carriage of goods and passengers. Phrases and idioms: freight ton see TON(1). Etymology: MDu., MLG vrecht var. of vracht: cf. FRAUGHT
Freight Freight, n. [F. fret, OHG. fr?ht merit, reward. See Fraught, n.] 1. That with which anything in 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.
Freight Freight, a. 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 Freight, v. 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.
(freights, freighting, freighted) 1. Freight is the movement of goods by lorries, trains, ships, or aeroplanes. France derives 16% of revenue from air freight. 2. Freight is goods that are transported by lorries, trains, ships, or aeroplanes. 90% of managers wanted to see more freight carried by rail. N-UNCOUNT 3. When goods are freighted, they are transported in large quantities over a long distance. From these ports the grain is freighted down to Addis Ababa. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed adv/prep
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