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[tram-wey] /ˈtræmˌweɪ/
a crude railroad of wooden rails or of wooden rails capped with metal treads.
British. tramline.
Mining. a track, usually elevated, or roadway for mine haulage.
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
1815-25; tram1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That tramway was amusing to us schoolboys, so long as the novelty of it lasted.

    The Bath Road Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
  • From Nice to Cannes, the tramway is inland from the railway.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • He never spent a penny on a railway or tramway fare, walking always to and from his work.

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

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The rail is elevated on insulators 18 inches above the level of the tramway.

  • We reached the terminus of the tramway and the conductor told us we were there.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • As there are no surface street cars in the city of London, the city council has not had the tramway question to deal with.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • My heart went not forth in joy at the contemplation of the tramway service.

  • The tramway which has accompanied us all the way is still continued along this small section.

  • The tramway back to Rome is taken from the end of the road leading from the villa.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
British Dictionary definitions for tramway


another name for tramline (sense 1)
  1. a public transportation system using trams
  2. the company owning or running such a system
Also called (esp US) tramroad. a small or temporary railway for moving freight along tracks, as in a quarry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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