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cart +‎ -age


cartage (countable and uncountable, plural cartages)

  1. The transport of goods by cart; carting
    • 1848, Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Carlyle:
      Railways are forming in one quarter of this earth, canals in another, much cartage is wanted
    • 2021 December 1, Nigel Harris, “St Pancras and King's Cross: 1947”, in RAIL, number 945, page 42:
      In these years, all long-distance freight went by rail, with local cartage by the railway's horses and carts.
  2. Any vehicular transportation of goods.
    • 2000, Bob Foster, Birdum or Bust!, Henley Beach, SA: Seaview Press, page 21:
      I started general cartage work and hauling bagged cement to Pine Creek, south of Darwin.
  3. A charge made for such transport.
    • 1842 Great Britain Poor Law Commissioners - Report to Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, from the Poor Law
      Two-thirds of the usual expense of street cleansing is the expense of cartage, which, with a proper adaptation of the sewers, is wholly unnecessary.