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Car is a wheeled vehicle. "Car" is a contraction of "carriage" and formerly was a poetic term for "chariot."

The classic definition of a carriage is a four-wheeled horse-drawn private passenger vehicle, especially one that is large and comfortable; see also stagecoach.

Nowadays, cars are used to carry people or goods.

This can be an automobile (see road transport) or a railroad car (see rail transport).

See also: kit-car, model car, future of the car, sports car

Car is also a function used by programming languages that are dialects of Lisp. It is used to refer to the head of a list (see car (function)). See cdr for more detail.

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