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cable car

or ca·ble-car

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  1. a vehicle, usually enclosed, used on a cable railway or tramway.
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Origin of cable car

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Related Words for cable car

trolley, tram, streetcar

Examples from the Web for cable car

Historical Examples of cable car

  • But on the way to the cable-car no ash-can presented itself.

    The Spinner's Book of Fiction


  • She accepted his offer thankfully, so they took the cable-car together.

    Flappers and Philosophers

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Yesterday I was a cable-car conductor, and to-day I am a poet!

  • A cable-car might have been a comet flashing along the edge of a void.


    Gertrude Atherton

  • They paused at the corner to wait for a cable-car, and Sherrington joined them.

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
  3. a passenger car on a cable railway
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