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tram

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noun
BrE BrE//træm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//træm//
 
(also tramcar) (both British English) (US English streetcar, trolley) Types of vehicle
 
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a vehicle driven by electricity, that runs on rails along the streets of a town and carries passengers a tram route See related entries: Types of vehicle Word Origin early 16th cent. (denoting a shaft of a barrow; also a car used in coal mines): from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch trame ‘beam, barrow shaft’. In the early 19th cent. the word denoted the parallel wheel tracks used in a mine, on which the public tramway was modelled; hence the current sense (late 19th cent.).Extra examples The last tram ran through Glasgow in September 1962. There is easy access to the centre of the city by tram. There is easy access to the city by tram. They sat together on the rattling tram. a conducted tour in an old tram car
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