tram

Definitions

  • Closed elctric tram motor
    Closed elctric tram motor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tram travel by tram
    • n tram a wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity
    • n tram a four-wheeled wagon that runs on tracks in a mine "a tramcar carries coal out of a coal mine"
    • n tram a conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Opened elecric tram motor Opened elecric tram motor
BOMBAY TRAM-HORSE WEARING HORSE-CAP BOMBAY TRAM-HORSE WEARING HORSE-CAP

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hong Kong has the world's largest double-decker tram fleet in the world.
    • Tram A car on a horse railroad.
    • Tram A four-wheeled truck running on rails, and used in a mine, as for carrying coal or ore.
    • n Tram A silk thread formed of two or more threads twisted together, used especially for the weft, or cross threads, of the best quality of velvets and silk goods.
    • Tram One of the rails of a tramway.
    • n Tram (Mech) Same as Trammel n., 6.
    • Tram The shaft of a cart.
    • v. t Tram To convey or transport on a tramway or on a tram car.
    • v. i Tram To operate, or conduct the business of, a tramway; to travel by tramway.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tram See tramway, 2.
    • tram To use a trammel or distance gage in order to get. two shafts, or other axes, parallel to one another, or at right angles to another axis to which both are to be perpendicular. Used of railway axles or those of locomotive drivers; of a millstone spindle in relation to the plane in which the stone or mill is to revolve; and of the shafts'of engines relatively to the bed-plate, etc.
    • n tram A beam or bar: as, gallows trams.
    • n tram The shaft of a cart, wheelbarrow, or vehicle of any kind.
    • n tram A plank road.
    • n tram One of the two parallel lines of rails which form a tramway.
    • n tram A tramway.
    • n tram A four-wheeled car or wagon used in coal-mines, especially in the north of England, for conveying the coals from the working-places to the pit-bottom, or from the pit-mouth to the place of shipment. The words tram, corf, box, tub, and skip are all in use in English collieries to designate some kind of a box-like receptacle, vehicle, or car by which coal is transported, either above or beneath the surface.
    • n tram Same as tram-car.
    • n tram In a grinding-mill, position perpendicular to the face of the bedstone: said of a spindle. See tramming.
    • tram To move or transport on a tramway.
    • tram To operate a tram; also, to travel by tram.
    • n tram A machine; a contrivance.
    • n tram A device, resembling a trammel, used for shaping oval molds, etc.
    • n tram A kind of double silk thread, in which two or move strands or singles are twisted together in a direction contrary to the twist of the singles, used for the weft or cross-threads of gros-de-Naples velvets, flowered silks, and the best varieties of silk goods. Also called shute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tram tram a tramway or tramway-line: a four-wheeled coal-wagon in pits: a beam, bar, the shaft of a cart, barrow, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. tram, a coal wagon, the shaft of a cart or carriage, a beam or bar; probably of Scand, origin; cf. OSw. tråm, trum, a beam, OD. drom, Prov. & OHG. tram,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prov. Eng. tram, a beam, is prob. cog. with Sw. dial. tromm, a log, Low Ger. traam, a beam, &c.

Usage

In literature:

At the switch, half way down, the tram waited for the up car.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
Barr-Smith assured us at parting that the tram-road transaction might be considered settled.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
From that I go, partly on foot, partly in a tram, to the embassy and spend my time there in the usual way.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
I've a good mind to take the tram to the Archway, and walk out till I find a likely-looking place.
"The Tinted Venus" by F. Anstey
Smaltz had taken it instead of the overhead tram in which he always crossed.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
We are constantly being affected by the property of inertia of matter, in tram and train and bus.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
The tram-cars whizzed by like great jewels.
"Mary, Mary" by James Stephens
At the end of an hour's time, he climbed to the top of a tram-car that was starting for Neuilly.
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc
If the tram-car happened to run off the track, it was the "Met" who showed the driver how to put it on again.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
Grobelaar asked whether an aerial tram was a balloon or whether it could fly through the air.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
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In poetry:

The tram passes by full of legs:
white black yellow legs.
Why so many legs, God, my heart asks.
But my eyes
never ask a thing.
"Seven-Sided Poem" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
I walked an unfamiliar street
And suddenly heard a raven's cry,
And the sound of a lute, and distant thunder,-
In front of me a tram was flying.
"The Lost Tram" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
The drab street stares to see them row on row
On the high tram-tops, singing like the lark.
Too careless-gay for courage, singing they go
Into the dark.
"Joining The Colours" by Katharine Tynan
The roads also have their wistful rest,
When the weathercocks perch still and roost,
And the looks of men turn kind to clocks
And the trams go empty to their drome.
The streets also dream their dream.
"The Roads Also" by Wilfred Owen
On Sundees they enjoy theirselves,
An' rush from trams an' trains
When they could best employ theirselves
Be strikin' off their chains: 'Ow can we bid their chains begone
When blokes don't know they got 'em on?
"The Day of Unrest" by C J Dennis
The wet sands glistened, an' the gleamin' moon
Shone yeller on the sea, all streakin' down.
A band was playin' some soft, dreamy choon;
An' up the town
We 'eard the distant tram-cars whir an' clash.
An' there I told Per 'ow I'd done me dash.
"Doreen" by C J Dennis

In news:

The Portland Aerial Tram has proved to be both popular and practical while offering Portlanders a unique way to enjoy their city.
Tram linking campuses becomes Portland favorite.
Boardwalk Aerial Tram Plan Withdrawn.
Dubbed as the "Ultimate Food Bar," Tram Bars are the brainchild of a ski bum named Kate who used to make her own organic energy bars in her kitchen.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman, the swing vote in a 3-2 decision on the tram 's funding plan, said he assumed the developers' share would be paid in cash.
Panama City-Part 12-The Gamboa aerial tram , etc.
Panama City, Panama-part 12-The Gamboa aerial tram .
"First of all, the tram 's a symbol," he said.
The north leg of the tram was not affected.
No one was hurt when the cable, one of nine that pull the tram , failed.
The only commuter aerial tram service in the country was suspended in April when the system lost power leaving about 80 New Yorkers dangling above the East River for hours.
Wrap five Swiss trams measuring 131 ft each .
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aerial trams ferry thousands of visitors around Disneyland.
Aerial trams ferry thousands of visitors around Disneyland.
A transformer for the tram , called the Bengali Express, "blew out" about 4:30 pm, Officer Robert Samuel, a police spokesman, said.
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In science:

We will then use a Talagrand’s concentration inequality to prove that trAm n is not far from its mean and conclude.
Eigenvalues of Euclidean Random Matrices
Supp., 143, 499-511. Laureijs, R. J., Jourdain de Muizon, M., Leech, K., Siebenmorgen, R., Dominik, C., Habing, H. J., Trams, N., and Kessler, M. F. (2002) A 25 micron search for Vega-like disks around main-sequence stars with ISO.
Astrobiologically Interesting Stars within 10 parsecs of the Sun
Then the number of fixed points of f m is given by TrAm .
Statistical properties of zeta functions' zeros
There are the proposals by Trams et al. (see his contribution in this volume) and Blommaert et al., who focus on individual IRAS detected stars in the LMC and SMC, respectively.
AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds
I would like to thank the people who have feeded me with data and for useful discussions and without whom this review would not have been possible: Joris Blommaert, Maria Rosa Cioni, Eric Josselin, Jacco van Loon, Cecile Loup and Norman Trams.
AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds
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