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telfer

[tel-fer]
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noun, adjective, verb (used with object)
  1. telpher.
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Related formstel·fer·age, noun

telpher

or tel·fer

[tel-fer]
noun
  1. Also teleferic. a traveling unit, car, or carrier suspended from cables in a telpherage, an aerial transportation system.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a system of telpherage.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to transport by means of a telpherage.
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Origin of telpher

1880–85; alteration of telephore. See tele-1, -phore
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Examples from the Web for telfer

Historical Examples

  • "It's not so easy as it seems, Mr. Hewitt," Telfer answered, shaking his head.

    The Red Triangle

    Arthur Morrison

  • Naturally Telfer did not pay to Elliot: he paid to Buccleuch, if to any one.

  • We now take the Scott version where Telfer has arrived at Branksome.

  • I am in Mr. and Mrs. Telfer's setting-room, I believe, ma'am?

    Trelawny of The "Wells"

    Arthur W. Pinero

  • But you, dear Mrs. Telfer—you weren't at the reading—what are you cast for?

    Trelawny of The "Wells"

    Arthur W. Pinero


British Dictionary definitions for telfer

telfer

noun
  1. a variant spelling of telpher
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telpher

telfer

noun
  1. a load-carrying car in a telpherage
    1. another word for telpherage
    2. (as modifier)a telpher line; a telpher system
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verb
  1. (tr) to transport (a load) by means of a telpherage
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Derived Formstelpheric or telferic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: changed from telephore, from tele- + -phore
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