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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ However the route had the unique distinction in Blackpool of operation by horse, gas and electric trams!
▪ Travellers very often notice that electric light and trams are brought into streets which as yet have no houses.
▪ Blackpool was the first town to have electric trams, in 1885.
▪ Horse-drawn buses and electric trams were only partly full, most people being at their places of work by now.
▪ It asked for powers to use animal or electric traction and trams or motor buses.
▪ In 1864 a horse-drawn tram service started, followed in 1895 by an electric tram system.
▪ What it really means is that the new trams are a hybrid between street car and lightweight suburban train.
▪ On the right is the old St. Annes tram depot, now a bus garage.
▪ This made route 30, now over 14 miles in length, the longest tram route in London.
▪ This did affect the Croydon area indirectly, by the withdrawal of tram route 12.
▪ The old bridge was then demolished and the other new half erected in its place, with a second tram track.
▪ They ran along the tram track for a brief while before rejoining the stream of Saturday traffic.
▪ We take a tram to the Pier Head.
bus/tram etc depot
▪ His interest was in opening the nightclub next to the theater, in the abandoned Trailways bus depot.
▪ Many urban homeless were seeking refuge in subway stations and bus depots.
▪ Projects under negotiation include the Manggarai Integrated Terminal, a giant inter-city bus depot south of Jakarta.
▪ The supermarket scheme will force Caldaire to move the United bus depot to another site.
▪ There is a bus depot at the rear of the terminal.
▪ Transport Organise trouble-free transport to and from the railway station, airport, or bus depot.
▪ Twenty-eight Brethren worshiped there, in a large bare rented room on the second floor of the bus depot.
▪ a tram tour of Universal Studios
▪ Artists' impressions show a tram that has more in common with the flat-faced, characterless light trains of the toy-like Docklands Light Railway.
▪ That special trams were run to enable people to view a solar eclipse?
▪ The tram stopped outside the Kings.
▪ The tram was coming towards her from Boar Lane.
▪ The 1925 Illuminations attracted an additional million passengers to the Promenade trams, bringing an extra revenue of £7,360.
▪ The cities with their canals and punctual trams are among the most pleasant and orderly in the world.
▪ The Gondola was the most graceful of illuminated trams, and was built in 1925 on the base of an old tram.
▪ The Hague is an immaculate city, where you're more likely to see bicycles and trams than cars.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tram \Tram\, n. [Prov. E. tram a coal wagon, the shaft of a cart or carriage, a beam or bar; probably of Scand, origin; cf. OSw. tr[*a]m, trum, a beam, OD. drom, Prov. & OHG. tram.]

  1. A four-wheeled truck running on rails, and used in a mine, as for carrying coal or ore.

  2. The shaft of a cart. [Prov. Eng.]
    --De Quincey.

  3. One of the rails of a tramway.

  4. A car on a horse railroad. [Eng.]

    Tram car, a car made to run on a tramway, especially a street railway car.

    Tram plate, a flat piece of iron laid down as a rail.

    Tram pot (Milling), the step and support for the lower end of the spindle of a millstone.


Tram \Tram\, n. [Sp. trama weft, or F. trame.] A silk thread formed of two or more threads twisted together, used especially for the weft, or cross threads, of the best quality of velvets and silk goods.


Tram \Tram\, n. (Mech.) Same as Trammel, n., 6.


Tram \Tram\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trammed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tramming.] To convey or transport on a tramway or on a tram car.


Tram \Tram\, v. i. To operate, or conduct the business of, a tramway; to travel by tramway.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, "beam or shaft of a barrow or sledge," also "a barrow or truck body" (1510s), Scottish, originally in reference to the iron trucks used in coal mines, probably from Middle Flemish tram "beam, handle of a barrow, bar, rung," a North Sea Germanic word of unknown origin. The sense of "track for a barrow, tramway" is first recorded 1826; that of "streetcar" is first recorded 1879, short for tram-car "car used on a tramway" (1873).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context UK rail transport English) A passenger vehicle for public use that runs on tracks in the road. 2 A similar vehicle for carrying materials. 3 (context obsolete English) The shaft of a cart. 4 (context obsolete English) One of the rails of a tramway. 5 (context UK obsolete English) A car on a horse railroad. vb. 1 (cx transitive English) To transport (material) by tram. 2 (cx intransitive English) To operate, or conduct the business of, a tramway. 3 (cx intransitive English) To travel by tram. Etymology 2

n. A silk thread formed of two or more threads twisted together, used especially for the weft, or cross threads, of the best quality of velvets and silk goods.

  1. n. a conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers [syn: tramway, aerial tramway, cable tramway, ropeway]

  2. a four-wheeled wagon that runs on tracks in a mine; "a tramcar carries coal out of a coal mine" [syn: tramcar]

  3. a wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity; "`tram' and `tramcar' are British terms" [syn: streetcar, tramcar, trolley, trolley car]

  4. [also: tramming, trammed]


A tram (also known as tramcar; and in North America known as streetcar, trolley or trolley car) is a rail vehicle which runs on tracks along public urban streets, and also sometimes on a segregated right of way. The lines or networks operated by tramcars are called tramways. Tramways powered by electricity, the most common type historically, were once called electric street railways. However, trams were widely used in urban areas before the universal adoption of electrification; other methods of powering trams are listed below under "History".

Tram lines may also run between cities and/or towns (for example, interurbans, tram-train), and/or partially grade-separated even in the cities ( light rail). Very occasionally, trams also carry freight. Tram vehicles are usually lighter and shorter than conventional :trains and rapid transit trains, but the size of trams (particularly light rail vehicles) is rapidly increasing. Some trams (for instance tram-trains) may also run on ordinary railway tracks, a tramway may be upgraded to a light rail or a rapid transit line, two urban tramways may be connected to an interurban, etc. For all these reasons, the differences between the various modes of rail transportation are often indistinct. In the United States, the term tram has sometimes been used for rubber-tired trackless trains, which are not related to the other vehicles covered in this article.

Today, most trams use electrical power, usually fed by an overhead pantograph; in some cases by a sliding shoe on a third rail, trolley pole or bow collector. If necessary, they may have dual power systems — electricity in city streets, and diesel in more rural environments. Trams are now included in the wider term " light rail", which also includes segregated systems.

Tram (disambiguation)

A tram is a rail-based public transport system, or the type of vehicle used on such a system, which runs primarily on streets (also known as a tramcar, trolley or streetcar); also used in mining.

Tram (or trams) may also mean:

Tram (band)

Tram was a British musical duo composed of Paul Anderson and Nick Avery. Pioneers in the Slowcore movement, Tram was recognized for lush instrumentation played at a very slow pace. Tram recorded three albums, all of which were well received by fans and the music press. Their first album, Heavy Black frame was produced by multi-instrumentalist Clive Painter and features him and his partner in Broken Dog Martine Roberts alongside Placebo (band) keyboardist Bill Lloyd. Heavy Black Frame was released on the Piao! label in the UK and Jetset Records in USA. The subsequent UK albums appeared on Setanta Records. In January 2009 Paul Anderson and Clive Painter formed a new band called the 99 Call and performed their first show in Rimini, Italy in July 2009. The performance was in part a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the release of 'Heavy Black Frame'.

Tram (film)

Tram (Czech: Tramvaj) is a 2012 Czech short animated film directed by Michaela Pavlátová.

Usage examples of "tram".

Men verdrong elkander, zeer ernstig van gelaat, zelfs ter wille van het kleinste staanplaatsje, onbarmhartig voor wanhopige lotgenooten, onder wie vele dames, met een overspannen zenuwachtigheid en een bont gefladder van lichte toiletten den tram omliepen, turende door de glazen of zij wellicht nog een zweem van een open plekje bespeurden.

Ky had already looked up the location of the shopless than a hundred meters from the tram stationso she turned right and found herself in a passage with obviously expensive shops on either side.

Craft took a deep breath and energized the tram, watching the speedometer by flashlight.

He thought of a way to delay his pursuers as the tram slowed further, studying the speedometer, steeling himself for the effort.

This rather upset Caravan, who did not speak again until the tram put them down at their destination, where the two friends got out, and Chenet asked his friend to have a glass of vermouth at the Cafe du Globe, opposite, which both of them were in the habit of frequenting.

But it was definitely Irena, She climbed on board a tram and in panic Lebel did something he had never done before.

According to the chrono on the wall between the two lifts, she had about five minutes to wait for the next tram.

Luxi strode across the tram station deck toward the lifts on the far wall, moving buoyantly through the low gravity as though through water.

Today Miamians can actually ride an elevated tram from the Omni Mall to Brickell Avenue.

I climbed aboard an ancient narrow-gauge tram that linked outlying neighborhoods of Ostrava and let it carry me away.

Once Romanov had reached the bottom rung of the fire escape, he ran to a passing tram.

Then the tram went off into the darkness, Soupbone standing up straight and stiff.

The railway station is some distance from the town itself, so we had to rustle our bags through the misting rain to a waiting tram almost tiny enough to pose for a model of the famous Toonerville Trolley.

When they got into the narrow town the tramcar, mysteriously swelling, seemed to chip the shop windows and bump the front doors, and people upon the pavement scrambled between the glass of the tram and the glass of the big drapery shop.

Beneath Margarita floated the roofs of buses, trams and cars, and along the sidewalks, as it seemed to Margarita from above, floated rivers of caps.