bullet train


Definition of bullet train

: a high-speed passenger train especially of Japan

Examples of bullet train in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later that day, Michael Taylor, Zayek and Ghosn took a bullet train to Osaka and entered a hotel where Taylor and Zayek had rented a room after arriving earlier via private jet from Dubai. Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg.com, "Ghosn’s Accused Accomplices Held as Japan Seeks Extradition," 8 June 2020 Opponents of the state’s high-speed rail project say California is preparing to violate a 2008 ballot measure promise not to use state subsidies for operation of the bullet train. Los Angeles Times, "California Assembly wants bullet train contract deferred to redirect funding to cities," 5 June 2020 Furthermore, during his term, his government has committed funds to vanity projects, such as the world's tallest statue or bullet trains, when priorities such as healthcare, infrastructure and sanitation persist. Manveena Suri, CNN, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a year into his second term. He's still the only game in town for India," 30 May 2020 Shinkansen bullet trains from Tokyo would begin on schedule Sunday with the exception of some services to the most affected parts of the country, NHK said, while the Tokyo subway system was also operating. NBC News, "10 killed, 16 missing as fierce typhoon pounds Tokyo," 13 Oct. 2019 The sight of them traveling on bullet trains and buses with other people was viewed as an alarming sign of a Japanese lack of a sense of crisis. Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, "Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantine had flaws, 'was not ideal,' Japan panel acknowledges," 25 Feb. 2020 The standard inaugural trip combines vast, buzzing Tokyo with quieter, more traditional Kyoto, three hours away by bullet train. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "Why your next vacation should be in Japan," 15 Jan. 2020 About a third of bullet trains in Nagano were submerged. Julie Zaugg And Chie Kobayashi, CNN, "Typhoon Hagibis death toll rises to 72 as thousands are left stranded in the cold without power," 15 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, California has squandered years and billions of dollars on a bullet train to nowhere. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: US Highway 1 from Watsonville to Santa Cruz is a daily parking lot," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bullet train

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullet train.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullet%20train. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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