horseless carriage


Definition of horseless carriage

: automobile used especially of early models

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Synonyms for horseless carriage


auto, automobile, bus, car, machine, motor, motor vehicle, motorcar, wheels [slang]

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Examples of horseless carriage in a Sentence

with the coming of the horseless carriage, distances between places were greatly reduced and the national landscape was transformed

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Later he was hired by the Edison Illuminating Co. in Detroit and started experimenting with horseless carriages. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: 1919 Model T represents company’s 100 years," 26 Aug. 2019 The firm failed to make the 20th-century transition to the horseless carriage but its memory lives on, not just in the name of the Abbot-Downing School but in the way that a coach is the city emblem. David Brooks,, "A historic Concord carriage finds a new home in New Hampshire," 26 Aug. 2019 Think of transportation: from horseback to horseless carriages to autonomous vehicles. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos goes to Switzerland and bashes U.S. public schools," 7 June 2018 At the time, nobody worried that this new horseless carriage would dump carbon into the air. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 In the early days of the horseless carriage, hundreds of outfits vied to establish themselves. Rick Tetzeli, Fortune, "GM Gets Ready for a Post-Car Future," 23 May 2018 Gabriela Tylesova’s gaudy big top scenic and costume design is impressive, particularly a horseless carriage, carousel horses and some spinning illuminated glass pyramids. Pam Kragen,, "'Love Never Dies' looks great, but less filling," 29 Mar. 2018 And, eventually, these autonomous systems could replace humans at the steering wheel, just as horseless carriages replaced the horses. Vivek Wadhwa, Washington Post, "Why it may be time to put self-driving cars in the slow lane," 26 Mar. 2018 AVs offer a chance to forge a new and better trade-off between personal mobility and social impact—but only if the lesson of the horseless carriage is applied to the era of the driverless car. The Economist, "Self-driving cars offer huge benefits—but have a dark side," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of horseless carriage

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of horseless carriage was in 1895

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