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[key-buh l-wey]
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  1. a system for hoisting and hauling bulk materials, consisting of a cable or pair of cables suspended between two towers, on which travels a carriage from which a bucket is suspended: used in heavy construction work, in storage plants, etc.

Origin of cableway

First recorded in 1895–1900; cable + way1
Also called cable crane.
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Examples from the Web for cableway

Historical Examples

  • A derrick was being spun along the cableway, just above the excavation.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • To put the cableway on traveling towers will cost about $1,000 more.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • The buckets were hooked on to the cableway and conveyed where wanted in the wall.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • Lighthouse-builders on cableway from top of cliff to platform beside reef, unapproachable by boats.

  • A cableway used in excavating work in Chicago was credited with a capacity of 400 to 600 cub.

British Dictionary definitions for cableway


  1. a system for moving people or bulk materials in which suspended cars, buckets, etc, run on cables that extend between terminal towers
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