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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 411 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CART (A.S. crcet, Gaelic cairt; connected with " car "), a general term for various kinds of vehicles (see CARRIAGE), in some cases for carrying people, but more particularly for trans-porting goods, for agricultural or postal purposes, &c., or for carriers. Though constructed in various ways, the simplest type for goods is two-wheeled, topless and springless; but as a general term " cart " is used in combination with some more specific qualification (dog-cart, donkey-cart, road-cart, polo-cart, &c.), when it is employed for pleasure purposes. The " dog-cart," so called because originally used to convey sporting dogs, is a more or less elevated two-wheeled carriage, generally with seats back to back, in front and behind; the " governess-cart " (presumably so called from its use for children), a very low two-wheeled pony-carriage, has two side seats facing inwards; the " tax-cart," a light two-wheeled farmer's cart, was so called because formerly exempted from taxation as under the value of b1.
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