Definition of Shinkansen in English:



  • 1(in Japan) a railway system carrying high-speed passenger trains.

    ‘Shinkansen was generally welcomed by the public’
    count noun ‘Tanaka built a Shinkansen from Tokyo to the Sea of Japan’
    • ‘Past profiled engineering marvels include the world's longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Strait Bridge, and the Shinkansen, Japan's famous high-speed train.’
    • ‘In Japan they built their Shinkansen lines to a different gauge from the rest of the network precisely because it made it impossible for other types of trains to use it.’
    • ‘Thus a truly remarkable intensity of service is now offered, and this growth has been mirrored to a lesser extent on the other Shinkansen lines.’
    • ‘Some forty years on, Japan, largely through the success of the Shinkansen, is acknowledged as the world leader in railway technology and operation.’
    • ‘They are only on sale overseas, but can be used on all JR and Shinkansen rail services.’
    • ‘The Shinkansen was a forerunner of high-speed railways throughout the world.’
    • ‘He said the Japanese proposed using the Nozomi-700-type vehicle used in Japan's Shinkansen bullet train system, but did not disclose any price offered by the Japanese.’
    • ‘Signing the contract with Taiwan High Speed Rail was a major breakthrough for Japan's renowned Shinkansen, which had never been exported.’
    • ‘The high-speed train used on the Shinkansen, ‘new main line’, is leaving Japan this week for a 10,000-mile sea journey to Southampton.’
    • ‘This through running was achieved by laying a third rail extending the existing narrow-gauge track to the standard gauge of the Shinkansen.’
    1. 1.1 A train operating on the Shinkansen railway system.
      ‘Shinkansen are fast, regular, and reliable’
      ‘the campus is located northwest of Tokyo, 1 hour and 40 minutes by Shinkansen’
      • ‘On June 1, the group will travel on the famous Japanese bullet train - the Shinkansen - to Niigata for Ireland's game against Cameroon.’
      • ‘If going by train, first go to the JR Himeji station, which is serviced by the Shinkansen (bullet train) from most major cities on Honsha.’
      • ‘While they are super-fast, comfortable, punctual and convenient, the Shinkansen trains are not cheap.’
      • ‘The Shinkansen or Japanese Bullet train, which was capable of 130 mph on the rails, came into the city at a more modest speed by road.’
      • ‘I hopped on the Shinkansen or bullet train, bound for Nagoya.’
      • ‘To my mind a classic example of this is the Japanese Shinkansen.’


Japanese, from shin ‘new’ + kansen ‘main line’.