Definition of cable car in English:

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cable car

Pronunciation: /ˈkābəl ˌkär/


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • After descending Table Mountain in the revolving cable car, we then drove to nearby Signal Hill.
1.1A cabin on a cable-car system.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They got onto the cable car that went to Taylor & Bay and then walked from there to Fisherman's Warf.
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