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a.1.Being without a horse; specif., not requiring a horse; - said of certain vehicles in which horse power has been replaced by electricity, steam, etc.; as, a horseless carriage or truck. It was used primarily in the term "horseless carriage", to refer to automobiles. By the 1930's when automobiles had become more common than horses for transportation, the term had lost its currency.
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At the corner turning up towards the post office a little cart, filled with boxes and furniture, and horseless, heeled over on a broken wheel.
They were congregated round a vast inclosure; they were elevated on amphitheatrical wooden stands, and they were perched on the roofs of horseless carriages, drawn up in rows.
Rebecca had the pleasure of seeing her Ladyship in the horseless carriage, and keeping her eyes fixed upon her, and bewailing, in the loudest tone of voice, the Countess's perplexities.
1896: The speed limit for horseless carriages was raised from 4mph (2mph in towns) to 14mph.
1896: The speed limit for horseless carriages (ie cars) was raised from 4mph (2mph in towns) to 14mph.
Summary: Even as the rail service expands, and LA undoes its backing of the horseless carriage, Metro reports steadily declining ridership
One set of horseless carriage plans from Jimmy Woods, Coker, Alabama.
The industrial revolution has begun (although the British nobles have had magic-powered horseless carriages and lights for years).
Tour the area; we've even got cutlery and those new-fangled horseless carriages.
Horseless carriages hadn't quite taken over the city, though trolleys were the most common form of public transportation, replacing the horse and carriage.
by Leonard Bernstein, Redline Tango by John Mackey, Horseless Carriage Galop by Morton Gould, Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky, and The Beatles: Echoes of an Era arranged by John Higgins.
From the first auto-theft reported in Horseless Age in the fall of 1902, to today's high-tech hijinks, this delightful romp through the history of criminality is authored by a historian and an urban planner with expertise in automotive history, and covers the parallel evolution of automotive technology and criminal methods designed to defeat security.