AskDefine | Define dray

Dictionary Definition

dray n : a low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage [syn: camion]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1


  1. a low horse-drawn cart, often without sides, and used especially for heavy loads

Etymology 2



  1. variant spelling of drey, The nest of a squirrel.

Extensive Definition

A wagon (in British English, sometimes waggon) or dray is a heavy four-wheeled vehicle. Wagons were formerly pulled by animals such as horses, mules or oxen. Today farm wagons are pulled by tractors and trucks. Wagons are used for transportation of people or goods. Wagons are distinguished from carts (which have two wheels), and from lighter four-wheeled vehicles such as carriages. A wagon could be pulled by one animal or by several, often in pairs.
Sometimes, the word wagon is also used for railroad cars (not motorized, for goods or passengers), and the word is a part / the usual short form of station wagon, the non-British term for a sedan (saloon) with an extended rear cargo area. Other names: estate (car) / shooting brake (UK), break (F), station sedan (Aus), Kombi (generally in German, in English also varied to combi), Variant (VW models), Caravan (GM's Opel models), Avant (Audi's wagons), Touring (BMW's wagons).

See also

dray in German: Fuhrwerk (Stellwagen)
dray in French: chariot
dray in Hungarian: Kocsi
dray in Latin: Carrus
dray in Dutch: Wagen
dray in Polish: fura
dray in Portuguese: Carroça
dray in Pennsylvania German: Waage
dray in Russian: Повозка
dray in Turkish: Araba
dray in Walloon: tchår
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