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a.1.Being without a horse; specif., not requiring a horse; - said of certain vehicles in which horse power has been replaced by electricity, steam, etc.; as, a horseless carriage or truck.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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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.
It had rained earlier in the week and Martin was obliged to be careful of the chuck-holes in the sticky, heavy gumbo soon to be the bane of pioneers venturing forth in what were to be known for a few short years as "horseless carriages."
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.
With many vehicles vying for the limited class spots, a recurring theme has arisen during the company's research: that of "firsts." In the Horseless Carriage class, they have secured a 1903 Cadillac Model A Runabout with Tonneau, Right Hand Drive, representing Cadillac's first full year of production.
>> Horseless but still bustling ALTHOUGH horses and ponies are excluded from this year's show, due to equine flu, there's still plenty going on.
Inventors, usually alone or in small groups, worked on horseless carriages earlier, says Segrave, but it was the period 1890-94 that the first few companies emerged.
The group faced three challenges: cooperatively marketing the Finger Lakes region; developing signage; and ensuring service stations were equipped to handle horseless carriages.
But there's also no denying that vehicle and tyre technology has come a long way from the days of the horseless buggy and wooden tyres, and we can expect some fascinating futuristic tech to come.
1896: The speed limit for horseless carriages was raised from 4mph (2mph in towns) to 14mph.
| 1896: The speed limit for "horseless carriages" was raised from 4mph (2mph in towns) to 14mph.
In the 1950s, they were simply intent on being active members of a local Horseless Carriage Club in Seattle, Washington.