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Kart, Kairt, n.1 Also: keart, kert. [ME. kart (a 1340), var. of Cart n 1.] A cart or waggon.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxv. 185.
Consel … tane haf thai Of thare fawlouys ane for to lay In-to the kart
c1420 Wynt. II. 1108.
Wytht … mowlyde brede in kartis done
1558 Mill Mediæv. Plays 183.
For paynting of the vij planets of the kart
1565 Prestwick B. Rec. 68.
For the wrangus taken of ane kart of his owt of the kyrk, standane amang his nychtbouris
1620 Grant Chart. 319.
To cut and tak of my wodis … for plewis, kartis, sledis, currellis … and siklyk
(b) 1581 Reg. Great. S. 343/1.
Servata competente via vehiculo lie kairt or sled
1585 Reg. Privy C. IV. 19.
[Thay] come with kairtis and sleddis to the toun
1596 Conv. Burghs I. 488.
Of ilk twme kairt, iiij d.
1633 Mill Mediæv. Plays 213.
For putting vp the kairtis and peices of paynterie about the … banqueit hous
1688–9 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 515.
Sevin double kairts and a single one with Clellands baggage
(c) 1656 Edinb. Test. LXVIII. 231.
Certan keartis, waineis, plewches and vther necessaris be loinging to ane lawborer of the grund
1657 Elgin Rec. I. 301.
All the inhabitantis … that mak vse of the moss wynd with horse and kearts

b. Attrib. and comb. with geir, graith, hyre, quheill (wheil), tow (= -rope).See also Kartfull, Kart-gait. 1593 Brechin Test. I. 107.
Ane kairt and hors geir estimat to xl s.
Ib. 114 b.
Ane kairt and kairt geir
1636 Edinb. Test. LVII. 259.
The kairt and kairt graith estimat to viij lib.
1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 261; 1552–3 Ib. II. 14.
For kert hyr of all this tymmer xv s.
1569 Canongate Ct. Bk. 19.
Irne … to have maid schone … to ane pair of kairt quheillis
1618 Montgomery Mem. 280.
For twa pair kairt quheillis for stene kairtis xvi lib.
1646 4th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 510/1
For soape to the kairt wheils
1681 Fawside Coal Compt 82.
For a pair of kairt tous 00: 16: 8

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