bullet train


: a high-speed passenger train especially of Japan

Examples of bullet train in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Japan’s rail system is known for having some of the fastest trains in the world, including bullet trains that run at more than 200 mph. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 6 Sep. 2023 The concept of building a bullet train through the Mojave Desert dates to at least 2005 under various names. Ken Ritter, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2023 Earlier this month, Amtrak announced a partnership with Texas Central to begin seeking grants for a bullet train line that could travel between Houston and Dallas in under 90 minutes. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 30 Aug. 2023 One minute there is a bullet train blowing past Mount Fuji, the next an irresistible bowl of ramen, and last spring our phones blew up in an explosion of sugar pink—not Barbie but rather the enchanted spectacle of sakura, or Japanese cherry trees, in bloom. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 7 Aug. 2023 In a sweet moment, Ben and his dad smile together in front of a bullet train. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 27 July 2023 By the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a bullet train will connect Las Vegas to Southern California. Nancy Pelosi, Fortune, 30 June 2023 When a bullet train — aka a type of train in Japan that can reach speeds of up to 320kms per hour — unknowingly carries five assassins whose missions all share a common thread, chaos quickly ensues onboard. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 16 June 2023 The first 171 miles of California’s bullet train are now expected to cost up to $35 billion — more than the entire system was initially estimated to cost. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bullet train was in 1966

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“Bullet train.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullet%20train. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

bullet train

: a very high-speed passenger train
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