from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small traveling car, usually driven by electricity, suspended from or moving on an overhead rail or cable.
- n. A transportation system using telphers.
- transitive v. To transport by telpher.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An electric-run cable car used for transportation, along overhead wires.
- n. A system of transportation using telphers.
- v. To transport with a telpher.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A contrivance for the conveyance of vehicles or loads by means of electricity.
- n. Specif., the equipment or apparatus used in a system of electric transportation by means of carriages which are suspended on an overhead conductor, as of wire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or relating to a system of telpherage.
- n. The motor employed in hauling the carriers of a telpherage system.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of the conveyances (or cars) in a telpherage
Vehicles passed in whispers along the traffic streets and the overhead telpher networks, and the cries of birds could be distinguished in the most densely populated areas.
I have been encouraged to choose Telpherage as the subject of my address by the fact that a public exhibition of a telpher line, with trains running on it, will be made this afternoon for the first time.
The word should, by the ordinary rules of derivation, be telphorage; but as this word sounds badly to my ear, I ventured to adopt such a modified form as constant usage in England for a few centuries might have produced, and I was the more ready to trust to my ear in the matter because the word telpher relieves us from the confusion which might arise between telephore and telephone, when written.
Each telpher occupied the space between two bents, about 10 ft., so that the entire bank commanded a length of 80 ft., which was approximately the length of a rock scow between bulkheads.
In capacity to handle material, one telpher was about equal to one derrick.
At the South Shaft the cement was delivered to this floor from the loading platform through a spiral steel chute; at the North Shaft it was lowered in buckets by the telpher.
At the North Shaft steel-plate bins were used, and were supplied with material by the buckets handled by the telpher.
The use of the bucket and telpher also eliminated most of the objectionable noise incident to the transfer of spoil from tunnel cars to ordinary wagons at the shaft sites.
One telpher was taken from each of the Intermediate
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