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 zip line and cable car could still take years to complete, held up by legal, bureaucratic or funding issues, with budgets running to the millions of dollars. New York Times, 3 May 2022 As the cable car almost reached the crest of a hill, seven or eight young Italian men leaped onto the car, grabbing the handrails, and locked eyes with my two girls. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 As the southbound cable car climbed the Hyde Street hill, conductor Charles Gerstbacher was on the back platform, unable to see the vehicle that slammed into the front of the streetcar at top speed. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 The Achadas da Cruz cable car runs daily, usually from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an hour or two closure midday for lunch. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 This was despite the fact that a cable car was already chugging its way toward us like a lethargic great white shark, its little bell dinging away in toy-like fury. Bonnie Garmus, Bon Appétit, 19 Apr. 2022 Hike or take the cable car to the top for 360-degree views of the rugged coastline. Sarah Reid, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2022 In memoriam: Charles Gerstbacher, the San Francisco man who prevented a runaway cable car from crashing into waiting tourists, has died at 76. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2022 The cable car station was permanently shut, but today a new terminal is being built. Inna Lazareva, Town & Country, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cable car

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cable car was in 1874

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10 May 2022

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“Cable car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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