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traction engine

noun
1.
a locomotive operating on surfaces other than tracks and pulling heavy loads, as fallen logs.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • He threshed the wheat with a steam traction engine and separator.
British Dictionary definitions for traction engine

traction engine

noun
1.
a steam-powered locomotive used, esp formerly, for drawing heavy loads along roads or over rough ground. It usually has two large rear wheels and a rope drum for haulage purposes
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