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steam shovel

noun
1.
a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism
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  • It is a combination steam shovel and bulldozer for digging, pushing and lifting.
  • The construction of a railroad through mountains before invention of the steam shovel was an extraordinary task.
  • But all along the wall they could also see the white gouge marks left by the teeth of a steam shovel.

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