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

The cable car being sent to Connecticut is a rarity with a long history. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "An original San Francisco cable car headed to Connecticut," 3 Apr. 2018 Milan asked after Daniel set up the yellow Tesla lights, so Daniel added a moving mechanism—the upside-down cable cars—that enabled the lights to reach more of the plants. Lina Zeldovich, Popular Mechanics, "The Vertical Farm That Lifted a Family," 2 June 2016 In the brighter areas, Tesla lights creep over lettuce bunches like upside-down cable cars. Lina Zeldovich, Popular Mechanics, "The Vertical Farm That Lifted a Family," 2 June 2016 On that bustling corner already: vendors of food and souvenirs, religious orators, tourists in line for cable cars, hanging flower baskets, kiosk for Muni tickets, sidewalk bathroom, break-dancers, tap dancers. ... Leah Garchik,, "S.F. Opera showed off its gleaming ‘Ring’," 1 July 2018 Photo: Yonhap News/Zuma Press The leaders trekked the gravel-laden summit on the North Korean side of the mountain before boarding a cable car to the shores of the volcano’s crater lake. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Korean Leaders Take Diplomacy to New Heights," 20 Sep. 2018 Jeremy Whiteman, an information technology consultant in San Bruno, helps decorate cable cars for Christmas and other events. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Total Muni 2018 a reminder of how amazing SF and San Franciscans are," 3 May 2018 Alcatraz Island, San Francisco’s cable cars, the Oakland Zoo and other San Francisco Bay Area area attractions were closed Monday because of smoke from the blaze some 140 miles (225 kilometers) away. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire," 20 Nov. 2018 Shops, seven restaurants, and a killer spa (accessed via tunnel) lure snow bunnies who have no intention of taking the shuttle to the Corviglia cable car and schussing down the famously dry powder. Heidi Mitchell, Town & Country, "Skiing St. Moritz in Style," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of cable car

1874, in the meaning defined above

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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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