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cable car

or cable-car

a vehicle, usually enclosed, used on a cable railway or tramway.
Origin of cable car
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And they boarded a cable car, which speedily took them back to Forty-second Street.

    To Alaska for Gold Edward Stratemeyer
  • I want to forget forever the clang of the cable car and the rumble of its wheels.

  • You get into a cable car and whirl off at ten miles an hour, up hill and down dale.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
  • But you are not in your senses; you are in a Broadway cable car.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • One morning I rode down Broadway on a cable car and whiled away the time by reading the names on the business signs and windows.

    The Affable Stranger Peter McArthur
  • A Chinese in the early days of San Francisco stands spell-bound at the sight of a cable car.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • Suppose you are in a cable car, clutching for life and family a creaking strap from overhead.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • I told you, Alice, it was a cable car; now be quiet; you ask too many questions.

  • He then purposed to pack the warriors into a cable car and send them around a curve.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for cable car

cable car

a cabin suspended from and moved by an overhead cable in a mountain area
a cableway
a passenger car on a cable railway
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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