rope·​way ˈrōp-ˌwā How to pronounce ropeway (audio)
: an endless aerial cable moved by a stationary engine and used to transport freight (such as logs and ore)
: a fixed cable or a pair of fixed cables between supporting towers serving as a track for suspended passenger or freight carriers

Examples of ropeway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just as mines are already running drag lines, drills, conveyor belts, rail systems, ventilation and ropeways with electricity, increasingly the biggest vehicles will have batteries, electric motors and often connections to overhead wires. Michael Barnard, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The company has added several more cable cars on Ba Na Hills, including the world’s longest single-cable ropeway last year. Patrick Scott, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Enjoy the fresh mountain air; take a ride on the ropeway; stroll around the Hakone Open-Air Museum; and unwind at an onsen, letting the mineral-rich waters work their magic. Christina Liao, Vogue, 10 June 2022 Italy’s infrastructure minister, Enrico Giovannini, established a commission to investigate the incident and to verify the maintenance and checks performed on the ropeway in the past. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, 23 May 2021 About 80 people were stuck at the ropeway station at the top of the slopes, unable to ski down because of the rocks and unable to descend in the gondolas because the power went out. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ropeway was in 1889

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“Ropeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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