bullet train


Definition of bullet train

: a high-speed passenger train especially of Japan

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The four-hour bullet train from Taiyuan to Jinan, capital of the neighboring Shandong province, winds through mountain passes and dusty prairies, whips past terraced fields and deep ravines. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 JR-East is one of seven for-profit companies that control Japan's bullet trains under the auspices of the government's Japan Railways Group. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's New Bullet Train Can Hit 224 MPH," 13 May 2019 The bullet train to Shanghai takes less than an hour, perfect for weekend getaways with Carter. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Out of the Darkness: Isaiah Austin Searches for Peace Without the NBA," 14 June 2019 One of the first drawings that Chinese political cartoonist Badiucao ever shared on Chinese social media platform Weibo was of a deadly bullet train accident in southern China in 2011. Tripti Lahiri, Quartzy, "Why China’s “artful dissident” Badiucao decided to reveal his face," 9 June 2019 Ideally, a Japanese-style U.S. bullet train would zoom at 200 mph. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Waiting to Exhale: Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Anti-CO2 Tax Hike," 7 June 2019 Now, the East Japanese Railway Company (JR-East) is pushing the system even further with a bullet train known as Alfa-X, which is capable of traveling at top speeds of 224 mph (360 km/h). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's New Bullet Train Can Hit 224 MPH," 13 May 2019 The regional government said the bullet train to the provincial capital, Sapporo, was due to reopen later in the day. Fox News, "Japan quake toll up to 16 as rescuers dig through landslides," 6 Sep. 2018 Think of this as a bailout for California’s over-budget bullet train. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "You Call That ‘Infrastructure’?," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of bullet train

1966, in the meaning defined above

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