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  1. a transportation system in which cars or other carriers are suspended from or run on wire cables or the like, especially one operated by electricity.
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Sometimes tel·fer·age.

Origin of telpherage

First recorded in 1880–85; telpher + -age
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Examples from the Web for telpherage

Historical Examples

  • This shop contains six down-draught forges and one drop-hammer, and is also served by the telpherage system.

    The New York Subway


  • Telpher, tel′fėr, adj. pertaining to a system of telpherage.

British Dictionary definitions for telpherage



  1. an overhead transport system in which an electrically driven truck runs along a single rail or cable, the load being suspended in a separate car beneathAlso called: telpher line, telpher
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