car door

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Sliding car doors on a New York subway train

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1863 (US, applied to “railway car”).

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car door (plural car doors)

  1. (automotives, rail transport) A door designed for use on a car.
    • 1863, Gail Hamilton, Gala-Days, Boston: Ticknor and Fields, p 22:
      We found Jeru to be a pleasant city; with only one fault: the inhabitants will crowd into a car before passengers can get out; consequently the heads of the two columns collide near the car-door, and there is a general choke.

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