FREIGHT, n. 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.
I. nounUsage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrechtDate: 15th century 1.a. the compensation paid for the transportation of goods b.cost<help pay the freight> 2.a. goods to be shipped ;cargob.load, burdenc.meaning 3, significance3.a. the ordinary transportation of goods by a common carrier and distinguished from express b. a train designed or used for such transportation II. transitive verbDate: 15th century 1.a. to load with goods for transportation b.burden, charge<freighted with memories> 2. to transport or ship by freight
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