Buckboard vs. Wagon

By Jaxson

  • Buckboard

    A buckboard is a four-wheeled wagon of simple construction meant to be drawn by a horse or other large animal. A distinctly American utility vehicle, the buckboard has no springs between the body and the axles. The suspension is provided by the flexible floorboards of the body and a leaf spring under the seat(s). The buckboard has no sideboards on the body, leaving the floor quite mobile. In rough terrain, the floor can flex and “buck”, lending the vehicle its name.

    The buckboard is steered by its front wheels, which are connected by a single axle. The front and rear axle are connected by a platform of one or more boards to which the front axle is connected on a pivoting joint at its midpoint. A buckboard wagon often carries a seat for a driver. Such a seat may be supported by springs. The main platform between axles is not suspended by springs like a carriage.

  • Wagon

    A wagon (also alternatively and archaically spelt waggon in British and Commonwealth English) is a heavy four-wheeled vehicle pulled by draught animals or on occasion by humans (see below), used for transporting goods, commodities, agricultural materials, supplies and sometimes people.

    Wagons are immediately distinguished from carts (which have two wheels) and from lighter four-wheeled vehicles primarily for carrying people, such as carriages. Wagons are usually pulled by animals such as horses, mules or oxen. They may be pulled by one animal or by several, often in pairs or teams. However, there are examples of human-propelled wagons, such as mining corfs.

    A wagon was formerly called a wain and one who builds or repairs wagons is a wainwright. More specifically, a wain is a type of horse- or oxen-drawn, load-carrying vehicle, used for agricultural purposes rather than transporting people. A wagon or cart, usually four-wheeled; for example, a haywain, normally has four wheels, but the term has now acquired slightly poetical connotations, so is not always used with technical correctness. However, a two-wheeled “haywain” would be a hay cart, as opposed to a carriage. Wain is also an archaic term for a chariot. Wain can also be a verb, to carry or deliver, and has other meanings.

    A person who drives wagons is called a “wagoner”, a “teamster”, a “bullocky”, a “muleskinner”, or simply a “driver”.

  • Buckboard (noun)

    A simple, distinctively American four-wheeled horse-drawn wagon designed for personal transport as well as for transporting animal fodder and domestic goods, often with a spring-mounted seat for the driver.

  • Wagon (noun)

    A wheeled cart for hauling loads. from late 15th c.

  • Wagon (noun)

    A four-wheeled riding toy, pulled or steered by a long handle attached to the front.

  • Wagon (noun)

    An enclosed people; a truck.

  • Wagon (noun)

    An enclosed vehicle used as a dwelling; a caravan.

  • Wagon (noun)

    A freight car on a railway.

    “goods wagon|q1=Britain”

  • Wagon (noun)

    ; a sport utility vehicle (SUV); any car.

  • Wagon (noun)

    A loose morals, a cow.

    “Thesaurus:promiscuous woman”

  • Wagon (verb)

    To load into a wagon in transport by means of a wagon.

  • Wagon (verb)

    To travel in a wagon.

  • Wagon (noun)

    a vehicle used for transporting goods or another specified purpose

    “a breakdown wagon”

    “a timber wagon”

  • Wagon (noun)

    a four-wheeled trailer for agricultural use

    “a hay wagon”

  • Wagon (noun)

    a railway freight vehicle; a truck

    “a milk wagon”

  • Wagon (noun)

    a light horse-drawn vehicle, especially a covered one used by early settlers in North America and elsewhere.

  • Wagon (noun)

    a wheeled cart or hut used as a food stall

    “a chip wagon”

  • Wagon (noun)

    a vehicle like a caravan used by Gypsies or circus performers.

  • Wagon (noun)

    short for station wagon

  • Wagon (noun)

    an unpleasant or disliked woman.

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