from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A car moving on rails laid on the surface of the ground, as distinguished from one moving on an elevated or an underground railway.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Glinnes rode the air-bus to the mountain town Circanie, hen hired an ancient surface-car to convey him to the Vale of Xian.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Never once during a year's observance of surface-car phenomena have I seen a row of luxuriously seated people make a movement to give place to a new-comer, no matter how old or how well gowned she may be.

    At Home with the Jardines

  • He points to tram, for surface-car; and to lift, for elevator.

    Walking-Stick Papers

  • Why, even six months back he could not have stood there thus, a tenth as long, before the copper name-shield of the Claridge, without collecting about him a fawning, favor-hunting throng so dense, so tenacious, and troublesome to traffic that it would have brought the officer from his place beside the surface-car tracks, caustic-tongued, to investigate and disperse it.

    Winner Take All

  • They were discursively excited for a week when Rose Larsen was followed from the surface-car to the door by an unknown man; and they were unhappily excited when, without explanations, slim, daring Jennie Cassavant was suddenly asked to leave the Home Club; and they had a rose-lighted dinner when Livy Hedger announced her engagement to a Newark lawyer.

    The Job An American Novel

  • They crossed the city, and on Brooklyn Bridge watched the suburbanites going home, crowding surface-car and elevated.

    The Trail of the Hawk A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life

  • She rode on a San Pablo Avenue surface-car to Thirty-fourth Street, where she alighted and started to walk the three blocks to her home.

    The Enemy of all the World

  • He was still watching the brougham when a surface-car came gliding swiftly around a curve.

    Horses Nine Stories of Harness and Saddle

  • Once beneath it a single bounce up from the surface-car tracks must mean a wreck.

    The False Faces Further Adventures from the History of the Lone Wolf

  • Similarly at Sixth Avenue, a rabble was collecting, blocking the roadway and backing up to the Elevated pillars and surface-car tracks -- but to a man balking at an invisible line drawn from corner to corner.

    The Day of Days An Extravaganza

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.