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[key-buh l-wey] /ˈkeɪ bəlˌweɪ/
a system for hoisting and hauling bulk materials, consisting of a cable or pair of cables suspended between two towers, on which travels a carriage from which a bucket is suspended: used in heavy construction work, in storage plants, etc.
Also called cable crane.
Origin of cableway
1895-1900; cable + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Across from above the lock walls came two empty buckets, carried on pulleys on the cableway.

    The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • The buckets were hooked on to the cableway and conveyed where wanted in the wall.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • Lighthouse-builders on cableway from top of cliff to platform beside reef, unapproachable by boats.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • A cableway used in excavating work in Chicago was credited with a capacity of 400 to 600 cub.

  • Then a cableway was erected spanning the entire length of the section and the remainder of the material taken out.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • A cableway plant for heavy fortification work is described in Chapter XI.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The cableway is so economical in its working that it has greatly advanced the process of "open-pit" mining.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • Steam for running the mixer was taken from the same boiler that supplied the cableway engine.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • A derrick was being spun along the cableway, just above the excavation.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Another example of cableway arrangement for concreting bridge piers is shown by Fig. 151a.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for cableway


a system for moving people or bulk materials in which suspended cars, buckets, etc, run on cables that extend between terminal towers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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