tram

noun
\ˈtram \

Definition of tram 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various vehicles: such as

a : a carrier that travels on an overhead cable or rails

b chiefly British : streetcar

c : a boxlike wagon running on rails (as in a mine)

2 trams plural, chiefly British : a streetcar line

tram

verb
trammed; tramming

Definition of tram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to haul in a tram or over a tramway

Examples of tram in a Sentence

Noun

Take the tram to the departure terminal.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just for Mom, the resort is running the tram on May 12 and 13. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Now is the time for early-season deals on Alaska tours and lodges," 5 May 2018 Even the city’s cornflower-blue-and-white trams empty out as residents hop on their bicycles and head for a badi (the natural swimming lidos along the lakes and rivers). Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Plan a Trip to Zurich This Summer (Yes, Really)," 2 May 2018 But there are casualties, including Lanzhou New Area’s tram, a network of tunnels for underground utility lines in the city, and more than 200 other public-private projects -- almost half the total in Gansu. Bloomberg.com, "Xi Jinping’s Debt Clampdown Has Left a Trail of Dead Projects," 15 Jan. 2018 The ride is kind of a spinoff of a 2015 section added to the tram tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Star power, car stunt opens Fast & Furious ride at Universal Studios," 3 May 2018 All arch facilities are ADA-compliant except the tram. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Gateway Arch: An American classic gets a major overhaul," 29 June 2018 The tram ride from the museum to CERN was short and efficient, 20 minutes that spanned several hundred years. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 Less than an hour south of Anchorage in the ski community of Girdwood, Alpine Air will fly you well above the Mount Alyeska tram to land on glaciers, or out to Prince William Sound to spot calving glacial ice. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "The best way to see Alaska: By air," 2 May 2018 During the parade, waves of riders — 4,000 at a time — rode through the central part of Prague, squeezing together at times to navigate the narrow streets shared by electric trams, automobiles, delivery trucks and thousands of cheering spectators. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson riders in Prague share a parade, stories, at a rally that fuels their passion," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of tram

Noun

circa 1517, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tram

Noun

English dialect, shaft of a wheelbarrow, probably from Low German traam, literally, beam

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The first known use of tram was circa 1517

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tram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tram

: a vehicle that runs on a track or on rails and that is usually used to carry groups of people for a short distance

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