from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man employed to manipulate the grip of a cable car.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The man who manipulates a grip.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. ; pl. gripmen (-men). A man who works the grip on a cable-railroad.
They said that a gripman could stop his car or slow up on a short cable, but that with the long cable, such as the company is now using, it is impossible for the gripman to have any control of his car while rounding the curve.
To brake, the gripman releases the cable and the brakeman brakes.
To move forward, the gripman squeezes the grip which grasps the moving cable under the slot in the street.
Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Judson True says two passengers, the cable car's gripman and conductor were hospitalized on Saturday after the accident.