\ ˈtram How to pronounce tram (audio) \

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


Take the tram to the departure terminal.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The residents of Beirut came to rely on service taxis after trams and railways were destroyed during the 15-year civil war that ended in 1990. The Economist, "How Beirut’s shared taxis cope with Uber," 8 Aug. 2019 One of the biggest concerns across stretches of Europe is that transit infrastructure — like tram and train tracks — could buckle and cause accidents, and the imposition of speed limits to help increase safety could slow traffic. Megan Specia, New York Times, "The heat wave is Europe’s new normal.," 26 June 2019 And, hop on the tram for a quick ride everyone will enjoy to LeMay America’s Car Museum and Point Defiance Park with its zoo and aquarium. Elycia Rubin, Los Angeles Times, "So long, Mom and Dad; we’re taking the grandkids gramping," 1 Aug. 2019 On July 20, the celebrations will include a countdown to Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, as well as late-night tram tours to the Apollo Mission Control Center. NBC News, "Where on Earth to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing," 17 July 2019 The week's events at the Space Center will include tram tours, pop-up science labs, lunches with NASA scientists and astronaut family members, presentations by Apollo engineers, and a talk on July 19 with NASA flight director Gene Kranz. David Morgan, CBS News, "Events and exhibits celebrating Apollo 11 at 50," 14 July 2019 Activities include a concert, space-art exhibit, Apollo trivia contests and a NASA tram tour featuring a massive Saturn V rocket that lifted people to the moon. April Orcutt,, "50 years ago, the first humans stepped on the moon. Here’s how the West is celebrating our ‘giant leap’," 7 July 2019 The restored Apollo MOCR 2 will reopen for public viewing (from the visitor's gallery, via tram tours departing from Space Center Houston) starting July 1, 2019. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "NASA’s restored Apollo Mission Control is a slice of ’60s life, frozen in amber," 28 June 2019 Tickets also include a round-trip tram ride to Battery Ledyard for a striking view of the fireworks, backed by the San Francisco skyline. Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in San Francisco," 4 July 2019

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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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The first known use of tram was circa 1517

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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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