Definition of tram in English:

tram

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Pronunciation: /tram
 
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(also tramcar)

noun

1British A passenger vehicle powered by electricity conveyed by overhead cables, and running on rails laid in a public road.
More example sentences
  • Towns and cities considering tram schemes yesterday attacked Government indecision and demanded clear guidelines on what Ministers were prepared to pay for.
  • 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.
  • 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.
2 historical A low four-wheeled cart or barrow used in coal mines.
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.

Origin

early 16th century (denoting a shaft of a barrow; also in 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 modelled; hence sense 1 (late 19th century).

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