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 Ski centers around the capital, Sarajevo, have been closed as high winds forced the closure of ski-lifts and cable cars running to the mountain tops. Fox News, "Eastern Europe battered by heavy rain, winds and snow; at least 2 killed," 6 Feb. 2020 Sarajevo authorities have cut ticket prices for the city’s cable car that leads to the nearby Trebevic mountain, as residents head for popular ski resorts to avoid pollution. Washington Post, "Anger, emergency measures in smog-stifled Balkan cities," 15 Jan. 2020 La Paz, Bolivia With its cable cars (there will be 11 in 2020) and new culinary schools, La Paz has become more of a destination. 7. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Lonely Planet names Washington, D.C., the second-best city in the world to visit in 2020," 22 Oct. 2019 Zacatecas is home to the Hotel Quinta Real, a hotel made from a historic bullring and the city has a cable car transporting passengers to and from its silver mines. Kyle Arnold, Dallas News, "Low-cost Mexican airline Volaris will fly from DFW to Zacatecas and Guanajuato," 24 Jan. 2020 The Israeli government’s plans for a cable car that would whisk tourists from the western part of Jerusalem, over Silwan, and to the eastern Old City in a matter of minutes are also progressing. NBC News, "Why Jerusalem's ancient past is once again the battleground for its future," 11 Jan. 2020 Now, however, much of it has been repaired and surrounded by tourist shops, with a cable car ready to whisk you to the top. National Geographic, "What are your New Year's travel resolutions?," 31 Dec. 2019 And in 2011, Rio’s gondola, also called a cable car, was inaugurated in the favela. Wired, "Rio's Defunct Gondola Tells a Tale of Transit Style Over Substance," 2 Oct. 2019 Perles is posed on a chair with the Matterhorn mountain over his shoulder, the little cable cars riding along. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "George Perles flashback: Remembering Michigan State football's trip to 1988 Rose Bowl," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cable car

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Cable car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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