One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A trolley car.
- ‘All of which means the resort might as well build a new tram.’
- ‘Locals use strips of tickets which they stamp on board the tram.’
- ‘The horse-drawn trams covered the distance in forty five minutes, and the faster steam trams took twenty five minutes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Towns and cities considering tram schemes yesterday attacked Government indecision and demanded clear guidelines on what Ministers were prepared to pay for.’
- ‘He said: ‘Extending the tram network is something we support in principle.’’
- ‘The developments will allow drivers to park their cars and to board trams.’
- ‘A covered walkway will link the bus waiting area and tram stop platform.’
- ‘Electric trams and buses and a new underground system would be the envy of many western cities.’
- ‘(I caught a tram to work this morning and it only took 20 minutes!’
- ‘Bus tickets, tram passes, shopping lists, bits of paper - just like mine!’
- ‘The 16-year-old girl boarded the tram in Manchester and travelled to Bury.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘London Mayor Ken Livingstone recently gave a provisional thumbs-up to a tram link extension to Crystal Palace.’
- ‘The collision happened as the tracks cross yards from the tram stop.’
- ‘The first step will be the upgrade of the existing line and purchase of new trams.’
- ‘Preston could have a tram network within a decade, according to council chiefs.’
- ‘There are about 42 million trips a year on the existing tram network.’
- ‘Eight new trams are also to be brought onto the network as well as improvements for the disabled.’
- ‘She was born in 1899 when horse-drawn trams still trundled through the streets of Southampton.’
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
3A cable car.
- ‘Outside, the sound of a nearby tram rattled across the rooftops to him.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The next three days are a blur of tram runs and ever deeper snow.’
- ‘Access the mountain on an aerial tram that accommodates mountain bikes and affords you a vast and spectacular vista.’
- ‘Vertical and diagonal lines hint at buildings and a tram descends toward the lower left corner, signs of the cityscape that surrounds the figure.’
- ‘With carefully planned lighting and paths, visitors explore this night zoo in trams and on footpaths.’
- ‘The only Kennedy I know is a tram stop in the north of the city.’
- ‘At night, sleep in heated domedgers on plains that evoke western Montana - sans ranchettes, ski trams, and fences.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The new aerial tram takes you over the canopy of the rainforest without even have to unpack your hiking boots.’
- ‘I'm stranded in an aerial tram and I'm going to miss my flight.’
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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