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Wagon with mules harnessed to its tongue.

A wagon (in British English, sometimes waggon) or dray (low, sideless) is a heavy four-wheeled vehicle. This word comes from the latin vagare : vago meaning I go here and there, I wander. 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 transporting people or goods. Wagons are distinguished from carts, which are small and have two wheels, or semi-trailors, which are large and 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 for VW models; Caravan for Chrysler models, and GM's Opel models; Avant for Audi's wagons; Touring for BMW's wagons.

The word is also sometimes used as a colloquialism for any vehicle, particularly in the British Military, and also again in British English as an alternative name for a lorry (truck).

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

WAGON, or Waggon, a large four-wheeled vehicle for the carriage of heavy loads, and drawn by two or more horses. This is the general English use of the term, where it is more particularly confined to the large vehicles employed in the carrying of agricultural produce. It is also used of the uncovered heavy rolling stock for goods on railways. In America the term is applied also to lighter vehicles, such as are used for express delivery, police work, &c., and to various forms of four-wheeled vehicles used for driving, to which the English term "cart" would be given. The word "wagon" appears to be a direct adaptation of Du. Wagen (cf. Ger. Wagen, Swed. Vagn, &c.). Skeat finds the earliest use of the word in Lord Berner's translation of Froissart (1523-1525), so that it is by no means an early word. The O.E. cognate word was wegn, later wren, by dropping of g (cf. regn, y en, rain), modern "wain." The root of all these cognate words, meaning to carry, is seen in Lat. vehere. The term "wagon" or "waggon" is applied technically in bookbinding to a frame of cane used for trimming the edges of gold leaf. In architecture a "wagon-ceiling" is a boarded roof of the Tudor time, either of semicircular or polygonal section. It is boarded with thin panels of oak or other wood ornamented with mouldings and with loops at the intersections.


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Wiktionary

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

A horse-drawn, covered wagon.
A station wagon.

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English

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Etymology

From Dutch wagen, waghen, from Germanic *wagna-. Compare wain.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
wagon

Plural
wagons

wagon (plural wagons)

  1. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen.
  2. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pushed or pulled by human force.
  3. A child’s riding toy, four-wheeled and pulled or steered by a long handle in the front.
  4. (US, Australian, slang) A station wagon.
  5. (slang) A paddy wagon.
  6. A truck, or lorry.
  7. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (Irish, slang, dated) An immoral woman, slapper.

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Verb

Infinitive
to wagon

Third person singular
wagons

Simple past
wagoned

Past participle
wagoned

Present participle
wagoning

to wagon (third-person singular simple present wagons, present participle wagoning, simple past and past participle wagoned)

  1. (transitive) To transport by means of a wagon.
  2. (intransitive) To travel in a wagon.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ʋa'ɣɔn/

Noun

wagon m.

  1. car (a railway carriage, a nonpowered unit in a railroad train)

French

wagon

Pronunciation

Noun

wagon m.

  1. car (a railway carriage, a nonpowered unit in a railroad train)

Polish

wagon

Noun

wagon m.

  1. car (a railway carriage, a nonpowered unit in a railroad train)

Declension

Singular Plural
Nominative wagon wagony
Genitive wagonu wagonów
Dative wagonowi wagonom
Accusative wagon wagony
Instrumental wagonem wagonami
Locative wagonie wagonach
Vocative wagonie wagony

Bible wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From BibleWiki


Heb. aghalah; so rendered in Gen. 45:19, 21, 27; 46:5; Num. 7:3, 7,8, but elsewhere rendered "cart" (1 Sam. 6:7, etc.). This vehicle was used for peaceful purposes. In Ezek. 23:24, however, it is the rendering of a different Hebrew word, and denotes a war-chariot.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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