A tram is a trolley or a streetcar—it's a vehicle that transports people using electricity from overhead cables while running on tracks that are set into the street.

In the U.S., you might also call a tram a cable car or light rail. If you've been on a streetcar in San Francisco or a trolley in Philadelphia, you've ridden a tram. The word tram was originally a Scottish term for the wagons that are used in coal mines, stemming from a Middle Flemish word meaning "rung or handle of a barrow."

Definitions of tram

n a wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity

streetcar, tramcar, trolley, trolley car
an early form of streetcar that was drawn by horses
Type of:
self-propelled vehicle
a wheeled vehicle that carries in itself a means of propulsion

n a conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers

aerial tramway, cable tramway, ropeway, tramway
Type of:
conveyance, transport
something that serves as a means of transportation

n a four-wheeled wagon that runs on tracks in a mine

Type of:
waggon, wagon
any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by an animal or a tractor

v travel by tram

Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

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