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tramway

[tram-wey] /ˈtræmˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a crude railroad of wooden rails or of wooden rails capped with metal treads.
2.
British. tramline.
3.
Mining. a track, usually elevated, or roadway for mine haulage.
4.
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
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; tram1 + way1
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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

tramway

/ˈtræmˌweɪ/
noun
1.
another name for tramline (sense 1)
2.
(Brit)
  1. a public transportation system using trams
  2. the company owning or running such a system
3.
Also called (esp US) tramroad. a small or temporary railway for moving freight along tracks, as in a quarry
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