from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A car used on a tramway; a tramway-car; a horse-car on a street-railway. Also called tram.
  • noun A car used in coalmines: same as tram 6.


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  • Utopian tram-car passes and I see his face, poor bitted wretch! looking pinched and scared in its trailing glow of light.

    A Modern Utopia

  • I figure it as one would see it at night, a band a hundred yards perhaps in width, the footpath on either side shaded with high trees and lit softly with orange glowlights; while down the centre the tramway of the road will go, with sometimes a nocturnal tram-car gliding, lit and gay but almost noiselessly, past.

    A Modern Utopia

  • Suddenly, as if it had come up out of the ground, I perceived a tram-car keeping abreast of the riding and walking and driving, and through all I was agreeably aware of files of peasants bestriding their homing donkeys on the bridle-path next the tram.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • Barmecide lunch at our hotel, taking the tram-car that noisily and more noisily clambers up and down, and descending into the town by it.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • The worst places are in the older quarters, where the streets are very crooked and very narrow, so narrow that the tram-car can barely scrape through them.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • The passing tram-car might grind him against the tall grilles which were the only barriers to the patios, but otherwise there would be nothing to spoil his enjoyment of those marble floors and tiled walls and fountains potted round with flowering plants.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • It was his first experience of a large manufacturing city, and the crowded tram-car with its continually squealing brakes frightened him.


  • I fell to observing the people I met and who passed me, to reading the placards on the wall, noted even the impression of a glance thrown at me from a passing tram-car, let each bagatelle, each trifling incident that crossed or vanished from my path impress me.


  • The boy said they must go in the tram-car, so in the tram-car they went.

    The Plumed Serpent

  • It was just the same in the tram-car going into Zurich; it was just the same in the town, in the shops, in the restaurant.

    Twilight in Italy


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