Definition of tramline in English:


Line breaks: tram|line
Pronunciation: /ˈtramlʌɪn


(usually tramlines)
  • 1A railway track for a tramcar.
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    • In particular, they are concerned about a new tramline and suburban railway which is supposed to be completed in time for the event.
    • Huge city blocks reached high into the sky and a tramline ran on tracks suspended forty feet in the air.
    • It is a Thirties clockwork race game, in which two tin spaceships take turns to advance along a tramline track.
  • 1.1 (tramlines) A pair of parallel lines, especially at the sides of a tennis court (enclosing the extra width used in doubles play) or at the sides or back of a badminton court.
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    • He levels at 30-30 with a fine second serve but goes break point down after he sends his cross-court forehand into the tramlines.
    • But, like tennis, the court possesses tramlines, acting as boundaries, and a net, far higher at 150cm.
    • My reach extended from the centre of the court to the tramlines of the neighbouring one but it also made everything wildly unstable.
  • 1.2An inflexible principle or course of action: when choosing a job, do pupils simply follow academic tramlines?
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    • Yet these are invaluable tramlines that can guide purposeful human action.
    • It has assembled a group of journalists who subscribe to its outlook and who are expected to think independently and avoid party tramlines.
    • But it's clear that such ‘dialogue’ is itself to be conducted within a set of tramlines.

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