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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


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 The developer made his case by noting that the falls used to have an operable tram, starting in the 1960s, until an avalanche damaged it in the 1990s. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Developer shares details about his tram plans for Bridal Veil Falls," 4 Dec. 2020 Another change to the 2020-21 season is that masks are now mandatory when waiting in lift lines, while riding the chairlift or tram and in all other public places. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, "Alyeska Resort opens for the season with a 100-inch base and new pandemic guidelines," 19 Dec. 2020 Urban nature conservation efforts coupled with a commitment to sustainable transport—a large part of the population travels by bicycle or tram—earned Vitoria-Gasteiz the title of European Green Capital in 2012. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 The tram and treatment center idea does not appear to have broad public support. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Provo City Council calls on county to preserve Bridal Veil Falls," 2 Dec. 2020 Maybe a tram slowly parting a crowd, perhaps a nascent automobile or two. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "The Pandemic Gives Us a Chance to Change How We Get Around," 2 Dec. 2020 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming will operate its Big Red aerial tram with capacity limited to 25 people (usual capacity is 100) per cabin plus one operator to allow for physical distancing. Irwin Curtin, Los Angeles Times, "Winter resorts in the West roll out new features for skiers, boarders," 25 Nov. 2020 Tuesday, City Council members unanimously approved a new contract with Ace Parking to cover tram drivers and vehicle maintenance at a cost of up to $665,700 per year — or $3.3 million for the duration of the agreement. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Balboa Park Tram contract renewed for 5 years," 12 Nov. 2020 The tram system averaged 36,500 riders per month and around 438,360 per year before the suspension, the city said. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Balboa Park Tram contract renewed for 5 years," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tram


circa 1517, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tram


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

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13 Feb 2021

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“Tram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tram

US : 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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