One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A trolley car.
- ‘London Mayor Ken Livingstone recently gave a provisional thumbs-up to a tram link extension to Crystal Palace.’
- ‘He said: ‘Extending the tram network is something we support in principle.’’
- ‘A covered walkway will link the bus waiting area and tram stop platform.’
- ‘The first step will be the upgrade of the existing line and purchase of new trams.’
- ‘The 16-year-old girl boarded the tram in Manchester and travelled to Bury.’
- ‘The developments will allow drivers to park their cars and to board trams.’
- ‘The horse-drawn trams covered the distance in forty five minutes, and the faster steam trams took twenty five minutes.’
- ‘Bus tickets, tram passes, shopping lists, bits of paper - just like mine!’
- ‘The collision happened as the tracks cross yards from the tram stop.’
- ‘Eight new trams are also to be brought onto the network as well as improvements for the disabled.’
- ‘All of which means the resort might as well build a new tram.’
- ‘Towns and cities considering tram schemes yesterday attacked Government indecision and demanded clear guidelines on what Ministers were prepared to pay for.’
- ‘But we're also seeing lots more shoppers using the bus, tram and train as a convenient and welcome way of coming into our town.’
- ‘There are about 42 million trips a year on the existing tram network.’
- ‘Preston could have a tram network within a decade, according to council chiefs.’
- ‘She was born in 1899 when horse-drawn trams still trundled through the streets of Southampton.’
- ‘(I caught a tram to work this morning and it only took 20 minutes!’
- ‘She pointed out that at present it takes only 20 minutes to get to Manchester by train from Rochdale, but would take longer by tram.’
- ‘Locals use strips of tickets which they stamp on board the tram.’
- ‘Electric trams and buses and a new underground system would be the envy of many western cities.’
2historical A low four-wheeled cart or barrow used in coal mines.
- ‘The tram was built to carry coal from the immediately adjacent coal mine to a row of beehive coking ovens and thence to the smelter furnaces.’
- ‘We were then issued rubber boots and hard hats and were taken several thousand feet into the mine, where we got off the tram to look at one of the orebodies.’
- ‘The stone was placed on a small cart or flat tram and rolled under the frame and locked in place.’
- ‘Paddy who was a former miner was delighted with the birthday cake, in the shape of an old tram full of coal.’
3A cable car.
- ‘The new aerial tram takes you over the canopy of the rainforest without even have to unpack your hiking boots.’
- ‘The only Kennedy I know is a tram stop in the north of the city.’
- ‘The next three days are a blur of tram runs and ever deeper snow.’
- ‘At night, sleep in heated domedgers on plains that evoke western Montana - sans ranchettes, ski trams, and fences.’
- ‘Engineered for quiet operation, the tram runs on a cushion of air.’
- ‘That's why riding the sky tram is always such a big relief.’
- ‘American vintners have vied with one another to open the most lavish hospitality centers, complete with everything from visiting chefs to aerial trams and art collections.’
- ‘Outside, the sound of a nearby tram rattled across the rooftops to him.’
- ‘Today there is a vast array of shops located at the parking lot, from which a tram provides optional transportation to the site about a quarter-mile distant.’
- ‘Vertical and diagonal lines hint at buildings and a tram descends toward the lower left corner, signs of the cityscape that surrounds the figure.’
- ‘I'm stranded in an aerial tram and I'm going to miss my flight.’
- ‘The trams were usually out of commission for a week to a month, depending upon the extent of the damage and the cooperation of the weather with the repair parties.’
- ‘Access the mountain on an aerial tram that accommodates mountain bikes and affords you a vast and spectacular vista.’
- ‘He drove from Seattle toward Vancouver on Wednesday, stopping in late afternoon to take a tram up a mountain he and his wife had visited years before.’
- ‘Before getting on the tram, I was obliged to buy a ticket - not from a nice lady behind a counter, but from a contrary and vengeful machine.’
- ‘With carefully planned lighting and paths, visitors explore this night zoo in trams and on footpaths.’
Early 16th century (denoting a shaft of a barrow; also in tram (sense 2)): from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch trame ‘beam, barrow shaft’. In the early 19th century the word denoted the parallel wheel tracks used in a mine, on which the public tramway was modeled; hence tram (sense 1) (late 19th century).
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