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This is a definition of the word "car" (from TFD) 3. A boxlike enclosure for people or cargo on a conveyance: an elevator car.

What does "on a conveyance" mean?

TFD Definitions for the word "conveyance"

  1. The act of conveying.
  2. A means of conveying, especially a vehicle for transportation.

Could the example sentence mean "A boxlike enclosure for cargo o people on a means of transportation like a rope in the case of an elevator?

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"A boxlike enclosure for cargo o people that are being conveyed?

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A conveyance is a means of transport (2). Some dictionaries say it's either old-fashioned or formal.

A lift is a conveyance. It transports people or freight.

A system of traction cables is also a conveyance. It transports things attached to it: a lift car, a cable car.

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It simply means on a vehicle. One of the meanings of car is 'the compartment in which the passengers sit'.

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  • I think Andrew gave the right answer to this. I'm not sure if you read the question carefully Kate. So basically "an elevator on a rope" can mean the same as "elevator on a conveyance" right? Jan 17, 2022 at 20:37
  • @StaticBounce No one would ever call a rope "a conveyance", though. It doesn't really make sense to say the elevator is on a conveyance, because the elevator is the conveyance. I think you are worrying too much about the details of the definition. It is only saying that a car is a boxlike enclosure, and an elevator car is one kind of this thing.
    – stangdon
    Jan 18, 2022 at 3:48
  • @StaticBounce - I certainly read the question carefully. The car is the part of the conveyance which contains the passengers. The example given is an elevator car, where the 'conveyance' is the whole system, not just the cable. Jan 18, 2022 at 8:39

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