from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mechanized, cable-suspended, aerial chair assembly used to transport skiers up or down a mountain slope.

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  • n. A continuously moving series of open seats, slung from overhead cables, used to transport people (especially skiers) up the sides of mountains.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a ski lift on which riders are seated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ski lift on which riders (skiers or sightseers) are seated and carried up or down a mountainside; seats are hung from an endless overhead cable
  • n. a ski lift on which riders (skiers or sightseers) are seated and carried up or down a mountainside; seats are hung from an endless overhead cable


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  • But since we're almost always running late to things at the Olympics, the chairlift has been the transport of choice.

    The Seattle Times

  • I hopped on the one chairlift, which is very slow, and feels especially slow on 15-degree days. Barre/Montpelier Region

  • Open Water on a chairlift was the word on Frozen, one of the more conventional horror tales on show at Sundance.

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  • Entering one requires perching precariously on a makeshift wooden chairlift, which is then lowered down the 30 foot deep shaft by a winch powered by a sputtering petrol generator.

    Faultline USA

  • Dressler called chairlift incidents of this type "rare."

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

  • Though at times it seemed there was a missing fabric in the crazy quilt of our lives, I loved the trips our kids invited us to take with them: Christmas in snowy Colorado, misty, early mornings on the cliffs of Maine, chairlift rides along the mountain range of Vermont.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers

  • But on this day, my husband found himself riding up on a chairlift with a man in his late forties and his twelve-year-old son.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • Even when the slopes are crowded with other skiers, and even if Bob and I talk while we ride the chairlift, skiing down to the base is a glorious experience in focused silence.

    Left Neglected

  • From fresh mountain air, to awe-inspiring mountain vistas, to being fully immersed in the beauty of nature, not to mention an electric chairlift to indulge my indolence, it is the perfect antidote to the sedentary existence that can engulf so many in winter.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Surviving a Brutal Winter

  • The view from the top of 7th Heaven chairlift on Blackcomb and from the peak of Whistler are among my favourites, as are the top of the Dave Murray downhill, where the men's alpine skiing events will start, and the Peak 2 Peak gondola.

    Official Google Blog: Vancouver forecast: light winds, unlimited visibility


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    May 10, 2008

  • Heavens, you're the first to list chairlift, frin-frin. Up and away!

    May 10, 2008