telpherage

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English[edit]

First telpherage, in Glynde, UK, 1885
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Etymology[edit]

From telpher + -age.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛlfəɹɪdʒ/

Noun[edit]

telpherage (plural telpherages)

  1. An automated transportation system powered by electricity, especially a cable car used to transport minerals or other goods.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 1125:
      the coming of the snows is no longer the year's curse but its promise, awaited eagerly for its influx of moneyed seekers after wintertime recreation, when the shining strands of telpherage have subdued every mountainside, and all is festival and wholesome sport and eugenically chosen stock