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.

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During the outing, Hannah and Garrett are strapped directly to each other, skin to skin, and jump out of a cable car 328 feet in the air. Ariana Romero,, "The Bachelorette Started Planting The Luke Slut-Shaming Seeds This Week," 25 June 2019 Arpepe transports grapes to the winery in cable cars because the steepness makes hauling them on foot or by car too difficult and time-consuming. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Nearly every scene has its own amusing counterpoint, whether in the form of a neighborhood lady who sells bootleg candy or bands of white tourists gawking at the locals from Segways or fake cable cars. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Last Black Man’ is a lyrical, beautiful ode to loss," 13 June 2019 Weather permitting the next morning, ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a beloved landmark that looms more than 3,500 feet above the city. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 If built, the elevator would effectively operate as a cable car running up and down the slope with two 40-person cabin cars., "Inclined elevator connecting future MAX line to Marquam Hill remains on TriMet’s short list," 10 June 2019 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

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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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