• WordNet 3.6
    • v freight load with goods for transportation
    • v freight transport commercially as cargo
    • n freight transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates
    • n freight goods carried by a large vehicle
    • n freight the charge for transporting something by common carrier "we pay the freight","the freight rate is usually cheaper"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.
    • a Freight frāt Employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight; as, a freight car.
    • Freight Freight transportation, or freight line.
    • Freight 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.
    • Freight (Law) The price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods.
    • Freight (Law) The sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired.
    • v. t Freight 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n freight The cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a ship; lading; that which is carried by water; in the United States and Canada, in general, anything carried for pay either by water or by land; the lading of a ship, canal-boat, railroad-car, wagon, etc.
    • n freight The price paid for the transportation of goods or merchandise by sea; by extension, in the United States and Canada, in general, the price paid for the transportation of goods or merchandise by land or by sea.
    • n freight In a more general sense, the price paid for the use of a ship, including the transportation of passengers.
    • freight To load or lade with goods or merchandise for transportation: often used figuratively.
    • freight To hire for the transportation of goods or merchandise.
    • freight To carry or transport as freight.
    • freight Same as fraught.
    • n freight Short for freight-train.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Freight frāt the lading or cargo, esp. of a ship; the charge for transporting goods by water
    • v.t Freight to load a ship
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  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fret, OHG. frēht, merit, reward. See Fraught (n.)


In literature:

And the whole suggested some primitive mortuary, with its freight, awaiting identification.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
The sound of the stacking of freight parcels was crisp and distinct in the morning hush.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
The well-freighted Griffin sent back.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Just before sunset the engine stopped at a freight shed.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
It was a "mixed" train, being composed of three freight cars, a baggage car, and the passenger coaches.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
For a similar reason, river and canal freights are higher than lake freights.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Certain other roads are guarantied by the pledge of their way-freight business.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
These freights have abounded most between France and England and the United States.
"Ocean Steam Navigation and the Ocean Post" by Thomas Rainey
Only a small portion of her freight had been consigned to San Francisco; this long ago landed.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Any freight for Talapus or Chakchak?
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Come and help push the freight cars!
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The freight of a ship, or freight-money.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Imagine what the arrival of a large San Francisco steamer with 1,000 or 1,500 passengers and 1,000 tons of freight on this dock meant?
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Put him under Borrows, for instance, and let him learn a bit about freight?
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
Behind the dock, adjacent to the Spreckels sugar warehouse and wharf, were hundreds of freight cars.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
We spent the winter and spring, after our own outfit was across the pass, freighting other people's outfits; and we made a fat stake.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Afterward there was a journey with a freight outfit which lasted days and days.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
There's a place in the freight daypo where you can be more comfortable like.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
Said he had been to every city in the United States and had travelled on freight trains quite often.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
And there were at least forty giant single-wing ships which looked as if they had been made for carrying freight.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins

In poetry:

So from eyes that laugh and weep
I unloose a load of freight;
But in secret still I keep
History inviolate.
"Lines To E. A." by Benjamin Musser
Lanterns a-swingin',
An' a long freight leaves the yard;
Leaves me here, baby,
But my heart it rides de rod.
"Long Track Blues" by Sterling A Brown
Silent and slow, by tower and town
The freighted barges come and go,
Their pendent shadows gliding down
By town and tower submerged below.
"Cadenabbia. Lake Of Como. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The gossamer floats up on phantom wing;
The sailor-vision voyages the skies
And carries into chaos everything
That freights the weary eyes:
"August" by James Whitcomb Riley
Than our good train, when once she starts,
With freight of priceless souls,
Speeds to the pit where, deep and dark,
Perdition's Ocean rolls.
"Invitation To The Clergy" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Brave men, sweet women, little children bright
For all these she made room,
And with her freight of beauty and delight
She went to meet her doom.
"A Tryst" by Celia Laighton Thaxter

In news:

Perez, 30, of Brooklyn, was escorted to Boston by Transit detectives who picked him up Monday at a Manhattan court after he was busted for allegedly tagging a freight train in the Big Apple.
ABF Freight System, the nation's sixth-largest less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, is going to negotiate its next agreement with the Teamsters union separately on behalf of its 7,000 unionized workers.
Global freight forwarder and logistics provider, Damco, is moving its headquarters from Copenhagen, Denmark to The Hague , Netherlands.
Global freight forwarder and logistics provider Damco plans to move its headquarters from Copenhagen to The Hague , Netherlands, by the first quarter of 2013.
Freight transportation economist says there is enough capacity to get through the current downturn.
Lower manufacturing output and a spike in inventories curtailed freight demand in August, compared with June and July, said ATA Economist Bob Costello.
Hoping to carry on what it becoming a runaway freight train…the Knoxville wrestling squad will take on schools much bigger than itself at the Red Owens Tournament today at Southeast Polk.
A tree fell across the Manayunk Towpath Monday afternoon, March 19, 2012, damaging a section of the walkway and hitting a freight train.
A surrealistic scene, where the famed Maryland and Pennsylvania railroad once carried freight and passengers between York, Pa.
1908 photograph of one of Beaufort County's freight and ferry boats used to transport passengers and goods among communities on our local waterways including Blounts Creek, Aurora, Bath, and Core Point.
For the third time in four months, All Pro Freight Systems Inc has another acquisition in the books.
In 2011, trucking moved $603.9 billion in freight - more than 80% of all freight transportation revenue.
A shortage of truck drivers threatens to disrupt freight shipments this holiday season -- and experts predict that small businesses will be hit especially hard.
Proper Turkish coffee should hit you like a freight train full of spices and espresso—which is exactly how they do it at Tork's Café and Grocery.
A quarter of the nation's rail traffic touches Chicago, which has long suffered from freight traffic jams and delays.

In science:

Their ‘charge’ is over-freighted with a redundant structure.
An electric charge has no screw sense--a comment on the twistfree formulation of electrodynamics by da Rocha & Rodrigues
Garrido, R.A. and Mahmassani, H.S. (2000) Forecasting freight transportation demand with the space-time multinomial probit model, Transportation Research Part B, 34, 403-418.
Spatial Discrete Choice and Spatial Limited Dependent Variable Models: a review with an emphasis on the use in Regional Health Economics