tramway [tram-wey] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a crude railroad of wooden rails or of wooden rails capped with metal treads.
  2. British. tramline.
  3. Mining. a track, usually elevated, or roadway for mine haulage.
  4. Also called aerial railway, aerial tramway, cable tramway, ropeway. a system for hauling passengers and freight in vehicles suspended from a cable or cables supported by a series of towers, hangers, or the like: used over canyons, between mountain peaks, etc.

Origin of tramway First recorded in 1815–25; tram1 + way1 Examples from the Web for tramway Historical Examples of tramway

  • He broke down, however, ignominiously in his attempts with the tramway fish-horns.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • From Nice to Cannes, the tramway is inland from the railway.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

  • There was a tramway along the passage, for small wagons or cars to run on.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It drew on a tramway a load of ten tons at the rate of five miles an hour.

    The Iron Horse

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Like most dumps, it was at the end of the tramway and none too healthy a spot.

    Q.6.a and Other places

    Francis Buckley

  • British Dictionary definitions for tramway tramway noun

    1. another name for tramline (def. 1)
    2. British
      1. a public transportation system using trams
      2. the company owning or running such a system
    3. Also called (esp US): tramroad a small or temporary railway for moving freight along tracks, as in a quarry
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