rope·​way | \ ˈrōp-ˌwā How to pronounce ropeway (audio) \

Definition of ropeway

1 : an endless aerial cable moved by a stationary engine and used to transport freight (such as logs and ore)
2 : 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 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, "Japanese volcano erupts, raining rocks onto ski slope and triggering avalanche," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ropeway

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ropeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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