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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun transport:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb transport:


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Definition of the noun transport

What does transport mean as a name of something?

Transport is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: transports

  1. something that serves as a means of transportation
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of transport: conveyance
    • more generic words: instrumentality / instrumentation = an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
    • more specific terms:
      • dolly = conveyance consisting of a wheeled platform for moving heavy objects
      • dolly = conveyance consisting of a wheeled support on which a camera can be mounted
      • horsebox = a conveyance (railroad car or trailer) for transporting racehorses
      • litter = conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
      • mail = a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system
      • public transport = conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
      • roll-on roll-off = a method of transport (as a ferry or train or plane) that vehicles roll onto at the beginning and roll off of at the destination
      • merchant vessels / merchant marine / cargo ships / shipping = conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry
      • sidecar = conveyance consisting of a small carrier attached to the side of a motorcycle
      • ski lift / ski tow / lift = a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
      • telpher / telfer = one of the conveyances (or cars) in a telpherage
      • trailer = a large transport conveyance designed to be pulled by a truck or tractor
      • aerial tramway / cable tramway / ropeway / tramway / tram = a conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers
      • vehicle = a conveyance that transports people or objects
  2. an exchange of molecules (and their kinetic energy and momentum) across the boundary between adjacent layers of a fluid or across cell membranes
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • more generic word: diffusion = the process in which there is movement of a substance from an area of high concentration of that substance to an area of lower concentration
    • more specific terms:
      • active transport = transport of a substance (as a protein or drug) across a cell membrane against the concentration gradient
      • passive transport = transport of a substance across a cell membrane by diffusion
  3. the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
  4. a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
  5. a mechanism that transports magnetic tape across the read/write heads of a tape playback/recorder
  6. the act of moving something from one location to another

Alternative definition of the noun transport


  1. An act of transporting; conveyance.
  2. The state of being transported by emotion; rapture.
  3. A vehicle used to transport (passengers, mail, freight, troops etc.)
    • [Canada] A tractor-trailer.
    • The system of transporting passengers etc in a particular region; the vehicles used in such a system.
    • A device that moves recording tape across the read/write heads of a tape recorder or video recorder etc.
      • [historical] A deported convict.

      Definition of the verb transport

      What does transport mean as a doing word?

      Transport is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

      verb - inflections: transported | transporting | transports

      1. move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
        • example: They transport the parcel to their parents
        • syntax:
          Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
          [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London

          Verbs of Sending (with the same syntax): convey, deliver, dispatch, pass on, port, post, return, shift, shunt, transfer.

        • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
        • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
        • more specific terms:
          • sluice = transport in or send down a sluice
          • float = set afloat
          • ferry = transport by ferry
          • wheelbarrow = transport in a wheelbarrow
          • raft = transport on a raft
          • bus = send or move around by bus
          • pipe = transport by pipeline
          • freight = transport commercially as cargo
          • truck = convey (goods etc.) by truck
          • rail = convey (goods etc.) by rails
          • sledge = transport in a sleigh
          • lighter = transport in a flatbottom boat
          • pick up = give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
          • wheel around / wheel = wheel somebody or something
          • carry over = transport from one place or state to another
          • advect = convey by horizontal mass movement of a fluid
          • teleport = transport by dematerializing at one point and assembling at another
      2. move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
        • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
        • synonym of transport: carry
        • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
        • more specific terms:
          • shoulder = carry a burden, either real or metaphoric
          • port = carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons
          • bear = move while holding up or supporting
          • bucket = carry in a bucket
          • return = make a return
          • pipe in = transport to a destination through pipes
          • port = carry, bear, convey, or bring
          • porter = carry luggage or supplies
          • pack = carry, as on one's back
          • cart = transport something in a cart
          • fly = transport by aeroplane
          • haul = transport in a vehicle
          • tote / lug / tug = carry with difficulty
          • drive / motor = travel or be transported in a vehicle
          • chariot = transport in a chariot
          • convey / bring / take = take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
      3. hold spellbound
      4. transport commercially
        • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
        • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
        • synonyms of transport: send / ship
        • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
        • more specific terms:
      5. send from one person or place to another
        • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
        • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
        • synonyms of transport: channel / channelise / channelize / transfer / transmit
        • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
        • more specific terms:
          • convey / bring / fetch / get = go or come after and bring or take back
          • project = transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
          • propagate = transmit
          • translate = bring to a certain spiritual state
          • release / turn = let (something) fall or spill from a container
          • send out / send = to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place


      Transport is a three-piece independent rock band from Brisbane, Queensland, made up of Keir Nuttall, Scott Saunders and Steve Pope.


      1. "Transport" is a musical album of Helsinki Poetry.
        • released on
      2. "Transport" is a musical EP of Jim Coles.
        • released on
      3. "Transport" is a musical album of Adam Vandre.
      4. "Transport" is a musical album of Passing Thru.


      "Transport" is a play by Thomas Keneally.


      "Transport" is a 2004 short film directed by Silvio Helbig.

      • country: Germany
      • language: German Language
      • production design by Udo Kramer
      • genre: Science Fiction
      • released in (11 years ago)


      The Transport is a functional constituency in the elections for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. 178 electors are only limited to transportation associations.

      • also known as 航運交通界功能界別


      1. Transport a.k.a. Cargo aircraft: A cargo aircraft is a fixed-wing aircraft that is designed or converted for the carriage of goods, rather than passengers. Such aircraft usually do not incorporate passenger amenities, and generally feature one or more large doors for loading cargo. Freighters may be operated by civil passenger or cargo airlines, by private individuals or by the armed forces of individual countries.
        • also known as Freight transport, Cargo transport, Freighter, Cargo, Naval aviation cargo aircraft
      2. Transport is a sans serif typeface first designed for road signs in the United Kingdom. It was created between 1957 and 1963 by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert as part of their work as designers for the Department of Transport's Anderson and Worboys committees.
      3. transport is a gene group, gene ontology group.
      4. Transport: A SAP transport is a package which is used to transfer data from one SAP installation to another. This data can range from a simple printer driver to a whole SAP client. It can be considered as an "update", with the only difference being that SAP transports are made by the SAP users themselves. Transports can also be used to transfer data from external applications.
      5. Transport: A transport is a device that handles a particular physical storage medium itself, and extracts or records the information to and from the medium, to an outboard set of processing electronics that the transport is connected to.
      6. Transport is a 2014 theater production of the play by Thomas Keneally.
      7. Transport is a TV program, begun on (32 years ago).
      8. Transport is a cataloged instance, canonical version, musical recording.

      Phrases with Transport

      Phrases starting with the word Transport:

      1. Transport Café
      2. transport ship
      3. Transport Stage
      4. Transport Interchange

      Phrases ending with the word Transport:

      1. air transport
      2. Rail transport
      3. tape transport
      4. troop transport
      5. active transport
      6. public transport
      7. Mode of Transport
      8. passive transport
      9. Means of Transport
      10. Agence Métropolitaine De Transport

      Other phrases containing the word Transport:

      1. Société De Transport De Montréal
      2. cystic fibrosis transport regulator

      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Transport

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      Google previewWatt Committee on Energy Publications: Towards an Energy Policy for Transport (2003)

      Watt Committee: report number 7 by Watt Committee on Energy Publications

      Transport is a means to mobility. Mobility is the means by which people obtain...

      Google previewPrinciples of Airport Economics (2009)

      by Senguttuvan

      Transport is a central dimension of the national and global production system that reshapes the world scenario and therefore it has a universal importance.

      In short, transport is a major factor interlinked with the environment and with the spatial distribution and development of all...

      Air transport is an international transportation, which helps the nation to attain a favourable Balance of Payments (BOP) ...

      Google previewSustainable Cities for the Third Millennium: The Odyssey of Urban Excellence (2010)

      by Voula P. Mega

      Transport is a network industry and service and an engine and catalyst of growth and prosperity.

      Google previewBrenner and Rector's The Kidney (2011)

      by Maarten W. Taal, Glenn M. Chertow, Philip A. Marsden, Karl Skorecki, Alan S. L. Yu, Barry M. Brenner

      Tertiary active transport refers to the net flux of a solute against its electrochemical potential gradient coupled indirectly to the Na+...

      An example of tertiary active transport is the uptake of various organic anions from the peritubular blood into the proximal tubular cell by the...

      Google previewLow-carbon Land Transport (2013)

      Policy Handbook by Daniel Bongardt

      Transport is an essential enabler of our everyday activities. At the same time transport is a source of daily discomforts and societal hazards, manifested in the heavy congestion we face on our way to work, the poor air we breathe, the noise and ...

      Google previewConsuming Public Services (2005)

      by Nicholas Deakin, Professor of Social Policy and Administration Nicholas Deakin, Professor, Anthony Wright, Lecturer in Political Studies Department of Extramural Studies Anthony Wright

      Transport which supplies mobility is an essential part of living: thus it can be said that people are entitled to have access to the services they need through whatever transport is the most suitable for them. The right to access has never been ...

      Google previewStudy Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing (2010)

      The Art and Science of Nursing Care by Carol Lillis, Priscilla LeMone, Marilee LeBon, Pamela Lynn

      Active transport is the major method of transporting body fluids. c. Through the process of osmosis, the solvent water passes from an area of lesser solute concentration to an area of greater solute concentration until equilibrium is established.

      Google previewHealth Effects of Transport-related Air Pollution (2005)

      by Michał Krzyżanowski, Birgit Kuna-Dibbert, Jürgen Schneider

      Transport is a vital part of modern life. The freedom to travel short and long distances opens the horizons for personal development and professional activities, increases the options for leisure and holidays, and allows better contact and ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Leisure and Outdoor Recreation (2004)

      by John Jenkins, John Pigram

      Transport describes the movement of persons and freight from one place to another. From a tourism perspective transport is defined as the operation of, and interaction between, transport modes, ways, and terminals that support the tourism ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of African Airlines (1998)

      by Ben R. Guttery

      " Air Transport World, July 1985, pp. 90-94. . “Nigeria Airways: Striving to Meet the Needs of ...

      Google previewInstant encyclopaedia of geography (1993)

      by Shatrughna P. Sinha

      Modern transport has changed the whole concept of space relationship on the surface of the earth. The advent of the rails after the discovery of cheap steel in the nineteenth century and the automobile and the macadamised roads in the ...

      Google previewConcise Encyclopaedia of India (2006)

      by K.R. Gupta, K.R. Gupta & Amita Gupta

      Transport System An efficient and well-coordinated transport system plays an important role in the sustained economic development of a country. It is a prerequisite for the growth of a country. It is not only the key infrastructural input for the ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Geomorphology (2013)

      by Andrew Goudie

      BeachBackshore Width and Morphology, Fetch and Potential Aeolian Transport Beach width is important in determining fetch which is critical for determining the volume of sand delivered across the backshore and to dunes (DavidsonArnott ...

      Google previewWar; Reproduced with Amendments from the Article in the Last Edition of the "Encyclopaedia Britanica" (1891)

      by Sir John Frederick Maurice

      British in the Peninsula, fought continuously in the same country for six years, gained an enormous advantage by the gradual training and discipline of its transport drivers and commissariat employes. But now that the great nations of the ...

      Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (2015)

      by Haraldur Sigurdsson, Bruce Houghton, Steve McNutt, Hazel Rymer, John Stix

      Transport. of. Magma. Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, USA Melting the Earth's Upper Mantle Department of Earth, Atmospheric and ...

      Google previewEncyclopedia of Transportation (2014)

      Social Science and Policy by Mark Garrett

      isalso called demandresponsive transport, demand responsive service, flexible transportservices, or paratransit, but ismost commonly known as DialaRide. Inmany localitiesDialaRide is called DARTfor ...

      Google previewA Dictionary of the European Union (2013)

      by David Phinnemore, Lee McGowan

      The priority transport projects for developmentinclude highspeed rail links, such as the British Maritime and Cork–Dublin–Belfast–Larne rail links,a rail and road tunnel through the Brenner Passin Italy and amotorway linking Lisbon and ...

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      Quotes about Transport


      A transport one cannot contain
      May yet a transport be—
      Though God forbid it lift the lid—
      Unto its Ecstasy!

      A Diagram—of Rapture!
      A sixpence at a Show—
      With Holy Ghosts in Cages!
      The Universe would go! (Emily Dickinson)
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      Scrabble value of T1R1A1N1S1P3O1R1T1

      The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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