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 74-acre zoo offers many attractions including a cable car and a miniature village. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Lions, Tigers and a Jaguar Escaped From a Zoo and Are on the Loose in Germany," 1 June 2018 Another 50-minute car ride on a mostly unpaved road got us to the tiny town of Nuevo Tingo, where a cable car to the base of Kuélap opened in 2017. New York Times, "In Peru, a Still-Hidden Alternative to Machu Picchu," 3 Apr. 2018 Stop charging them $14 for a round-trip cable car ride. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cable cars’ ding goes for your wallet, too," 27 Mar. 2018 From the Archive] •S.F. History 101: Take a trip through 150 years of San Francisco’s transit history, from the invention of the cable cars to the laying of the Central Subway Project that’s still ongoing. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the Concorde supersonic turbojet roared into the Bay Area," 30 May 2018 Seventeen cable car lines, three opera houses, the battle of Donaldina Cameron to save 5,000 Chinese girls from their enslavers. ... Leah Garchik,, "Talk of TV series based on ‘1906’," 25 June 2018 So 10 of his neighbors, who had become dependent on the cable car to get up and down the bluff for shopping and other activities, formed the Fenelon Place Elevator Co. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From cable cars to bike trails, Dubuque has plenty to explore along the Mississippi River," 25 May 2018 Sentosa,’ complete with the construction of a cable car and monorail system linking it to the mainland. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The Dark History of the 'Tranquil' Island Hosting the Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018 Round out the afternoon by walking up Lykavittos Hill—or opt for the far more pleasant cable car option. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Athens, Greece," 16 Apr. 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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