cable car


Definition of cable car

: a vehicle moved by an endless cable:
a : one suspended from an overhead cable
b : one that moves along tracks

Examples of cable car in a Sentence

The skiers took a cable car to the top of the mountain. Tourists packed the cable cars on the hilly streets of San Francisco.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s because numerous cable car operators have already retired or gone on leave. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's cable cars are part of the city's identity. We need a plan to bring them back soon," 20 Feb. 2021 Cypress Lawn, Colma Baseball’s Lefty O’Doul, cable car guru Andrew Hallidie, M.H. and Charles de Young (founders of this newspaper) and William Randolph Hearst (whose descendants own it now) are buried here. Allen Matthews,, "Beloved Oakland cemetery, resting place of Kaiser, Ghirardelli and Mac Dre, still off-limits to visitors," 7 Dec. 2020 That Giants and Warriors fans’ cheers would be heard and a cable car bell would be echoing in the streets of New York Freaking City. Peter Hartlaub,, "A thank you note to Finnerty’s of New York, the most S.F. bar I’ve ever known," 21 Dec. 2020 Pivnick parlayed the surplus store into a men’s shop at Powell and O’Farrell streets where two cable car lines crossed. Carl Nolte,, "How 2 completely different S.F. institutions are making out in this terrible year," 12 Dec. 2020 The village became a resort in the 1960s, after an enterprising resident went door to door collecting money for a cable car. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight," 30 Sep. 2020 Pro Tip: Take the cable car (which is more like a cable basket for two) from Marciana Alta to the top of Monte Capanne for views that stretch all the way to Corsica. Nicky Swallow, Travel + Leisure, "10 Secret Islands in Italy That Have All of the Beauty and None of the Tourists," 11 Nov. 2020 Day two in Madeira consists of a scenic cable car ride over the city, and a lunch where Wendy talks about her degrees for the 100th time in a matter of two episodes. Jodi Walker,, "The Real Housewives of Potomac recap: Making magic in Madeira," 9 Nov. 2020 Wilson hopped off his cable car and ran alongside of it, slapping high-fives with the crowd. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Champs! A photo deep dive of Giants’ 2010 World Series win," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cable car

1874, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Cable car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cable car

: a vehicle that hangs in the air from a cable that pulls it up and down mountains
: a vehicle that is pulled along tracks by a cable

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