cable car

or cable-car

See synonyms for cable car on
  1. a vehicle, usually enclosed, used on a cable railway or tramway.

Origin of cable car

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

Words Nearby cable car Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cable car in a sentence

  • Everyone should take the cable car at least once in their life.

  • They shared the cable car with an old water colorist, and two other young couples.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase
  • A cable-car, with clanging bell, was bearing down upon it with a speed which the gripman seemed powerless to check.

    Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
  • The cable car isn't a car at all, children, but is a hilly-cum-go, a species of rocking horse and a grown-up kiddie-kar.

  • There was no gay and chattering crowd in Market Street, not even the light of a cable car flashing through the grey drizzle.

    The Californians | Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Even the distant clang of a cable car out in the city will not break the spell that is on you now.

    Greenwich Village | Anna Alice Chapin

British Dictionary definitions for cable car

cable car

  1. a cabin suspended from and moved by an overhead cable in a mountain area

  2. a cableway

  1. a passenger car on a cable railway

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