cable car


: a vehicle moved by an endless cable:
: one suspended from an overhead cable
: 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 With more than 745 miles of slopes and 120 modern lifts and cable cars that connect passholders to the entire network, the world’s largest ski circuit ensures visitors won’t ever get bored. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 23 Dec. 2023 That it is anchored by a cable car is on trend for Vietnam, which is in the middle of a cable car bonanza. Patrick Scott, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Authorities in Pakistan said Tuesday that all eight people, including six children, have been rescued after they were trapped in a cable car dangling 900 feet above a ravine near the city of Battagram, Pakistan per multiple outlets including the Associated Press, CNN and The New York Times. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2023 Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Aztec pyramids, ancient ruins, and ride a scenic cable car overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Dallas and Austin, Texas Next up on the path is the Lone Star state. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2024 Ride a cable car to the summit of Mt. Etna or sip on volcanic wines at Benanti Winery. Taryn White, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Dec. 2023 Scheana Shay shared a video of the pair taking a ride on the city’s iconic cable cars. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 2 Sep. 2023 The cable car was stranded after a cable snapped in the country's mountainous north. Harold Maass, The Week, 23 Aug. 2023 The most frustrating run happened next door at Snowbird, where a spectacular cable car whisks you thousands of feet up and into movie-worthy terrain. Tim Neville, Travel + Leisure, 29 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cable car was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Cable car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cable car

: a car moved on tracks by an endless cable or along an overhead cable

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