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[tram-wey] /ˈtræmˌweɪ/
a crude railroad of wooden rails or of wooden rails capped with metal treads.
British. tramline.
Mining. a track, usually elevated, or roadway for mine haulage.
Also called aerial railway, aerial tramway, cable tramway, ropeway. a system for hauling passengers and freight in vehicles suspended from a cable or cables supported by a series of towers, hangers, or the like: used over canyons, between mountain peaks, etc.
Origin of tramway
First recorded in 1815-25; tram1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He broke down, however, ignominiously in his attempts with the tramway fish-horns.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • From Nice to Cannes, the tramway is inland from the railway.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • There was a tramway along the passage, for small wagons or cars to run on.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • It drew on a tramway a load of ten tons at the rate of five miles an hour.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • Like most dumps, it was at the end of the tramway and none too healthy a spot.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • We reached the terminus of the tramway and the conductor told us we were there.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • After luncheon we proceeded with our tour of the tramway system.

    Meccania Owen Gregory
  • My heart went not forth in joy at the contemplation of the tramway service.

  • A new road has now been made to the Cemetery, which is passed by the tramway to Tivoli.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The tramway back to Rome is taken from the end of the road leading from the villa.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
British Dictionary definitions for tramway


another name for tramline (sense 1)
  1. a public transportation system using trams
  2. the company owning or running such a system
Also called (esp US) tramroad. a small or temporary railway for moving freight along tracks, as in a quarry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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