Definition of cable car in US English:

cable car


  • 1A transportation system, typically one traveling up and down a mountain, in which cabins are suspended on a continuous moving cable driven by a motor at one end of the route.

    • ‘Occasionally you may be the one in motion - trying to shoot pictures from a moving cable car, for example.’
    • ‘On this one particular day, we went up the cable car to the top of the mountain.’
    • ‘Another day should be set aside to take a cable-car up the highest mountain on Spanish territory.’
    • ‘Ski and snowboard hire shops, along with locker rooms and a cable car to whisk you onto the mountain are actually located in the station - a world first.’
    • ‘The highest summer ski area in the Alps, in the folds of these mountains, can be reached via the highest cable car in Europe, from Zermatt.’
    • ‘Travelling in a cable car, up mount Gondola, is a thrilling experience.’
    • ‘We've booked a couple of trips so far - one to go up a mountain by cable car (I get vertigo) tomorrow and the other to go out to sea (I hate boat trips) on Friday.’
    • ‘The village is 20 minutes from Chamonix and the cable-car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi mountain.’
    • ‘He was the first on site, so later, when the tourists arrived in their bus, they were lucky enough to take the first cable car up the mountain.’
    • ‘He invited experts from Germany to help with the electric fencing - then almost unknown in Korea - and erected a mini cable-car to transport hay from the higher slopes to the sheds below.’
    • ‘After descending Table Mountain in the revolving cable car, we then drove to nearby Signal Hill.’
    • ‘Before night fell, we rode the cable-car up the mountain to Huiji Temple.’
    • ‘To get a bird's-eye view, I hopped aboard the teleférico, the hanging cable car that runs between the city's two mountains.’
    • ‘From just behind the finish line here, a cable car transports tourists effortlessly and smoothly 3,000 feet up to the neighbouring summit of Pic du Midi.’
    • ‘Dick took his bicycle and rode the cable car up the mountain.’
    • ‘It was hot and after wandering around we took the cable car up the mountain for marvellous views and I climbed to the top for even better views.’
    • ‘The key, incongruously, is a postcard of a mountain cable-car that he sent home from Zillertal in the Swiss Tyrol where he was taking part in a weight-lifting event at the age of 19.’
    • ‘Wednesday we took two tram lines north and west to the mountain that overlooks the city, and then the cable-car to the summit.’
    • ‘It was not crowded at that time, and the cable car that made its way up the side of the mountain held only two passengers that day.’
    • ‘She spoke of her experience of travelling to Table Mountain by cable car.’
    1. 1.1 A cabin on a cable-car system.
      • ‘It's that feeling you get when you climb out of a cable car at the top of a mountain, click into your bindings and point yourself downhill.’
      • ‘This combined with altitude sickness caused to me to vomit in the cable car, right at the top of the mountain as we were going down.’
  • 2A car on a cable railroad.

    • ‘They got onto the cable car that went to Taylor & Bay and then walked from there to Fisherman's Warf.’
    • ‘We were walking up California Street and there was a cable car every minute or so.’
    • ‘Go and have your obligatory seafood chowder (in a sourdough bread bowl, of course), but jump on a cable car for a more scenic view of San Francisco's neighborhoods.’
    • ‘I took the Hyde Street cable car back to the crest of Russian Hill.’
    • ‘Failing to find any gin joints or speakeasies but finally getting on the right track, I hopped on the cable car at Market & Powell and rode to the end of the line: Fisherman's Wharf.’
    • ‘They should also take a trip in a cable car; check out Chinatown and have a drink in the Top of the bar on Nob Hill.’
    • ‘For decades visitors have chugged up Nob Hill on the California Street cable car to this 91-year-old hotel.’
    • ‘When he returned home from a tour at Clark Air Base, Philippines, he was on a San Francisco cable car and people spit on him three times because he was in uniform.’


cable car

/ˈkeɪbəl ˌkɑr//ˈkābəl ˌkär/