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accelerator a mechanical device that controls the speed of something, especially the gas pedal of a car.
air conditioner a machine that cools the air in a room or car. An air conditioner also takes the dust and dampness out of the air.
automobile a vehicle with four wheels that is powered by a motor that uses gasoline or other fuel; car. An automobile is used on roads to carry people.
backfire to give off a loud explosive noise that means the engine of a car or other vehicle is not working properly. [1/3 definitions]
back seat the seat or seating area behind other seats, especially in a car or other vehicle.
ballast heavy material placed in the car of a balloon to make it more stable. [1/2 definitions]
beep a short, high sound that serves as a signal. A beep is made by an electronic device or a car horn. [1/3 definitions]
blinker a flashing light, especially one used on a car to signal that the car will turn and to show which way it will turn.
boxcar a railroad car that is enclosed on all sides. It is used for carrying freight.
cab1 a car that carries people who need a ride and pay a fare for this; taxicab. [1/3 definitions]
cable car an enclosed vehicle either on rails or hanging from a cable that is pulled back and forth by a moving cable. A cable car carries people up and down a steep slope or across a chasm.
caboose a car at the rear of a freight train, used by the train's crew as a place for eating, sleeping, and observation of the tracks.
cage a similar structure that carries or protects people, such as an elevator car or a bank cashier's cage. [1/4 definitions]
car a vehicle that runs along rails, such as a railroad car or cable car. [2/3 definitions]
carsick having a sick feeling while riding in a car, bus, or train.
checkup an examination of a person or thing to discover if there are any problems. Having a doctor look closely at one's body to make sure one is healthy is one kind of checkup. Having a mechanic look at a car to make sure it is running properly is another kind of checkup.
clutch1 a device for working the gears of an engine, as in a car. [1/4 definitions]
convertible a car or boat with a top that can be folded down. [1/2 definitions]
cruiser a police car. [1/3 definitions]
dashboard a panel below the windshield in a car or other vehicle. Dashboards have dials, controls, and spaces for keeping things.
diesel engine a type of engine that burns fuel oil. Diesel engines are different from most car engines, which use an electric spark to ignite the fuel. In a diesel engine, the fuel is sprayed into a chamber and set on fire by the heat of air that has been put under high pressure. Big trucks have diesel engines.