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traction engine

a locomotive operating on surfaces other than tracks and pulling heavy loads, as fallen logs.
Origin of traction engine
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I 'ate the sight of the beast, and I'd sooner 'ave a traction-engine running about my beds than him!

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • I saw the horse in that brougham rear as it got opposite the traction-engine.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • You also meet, if you are in luck's way, with a traction-engine; and wherever you look you perceive a church-steeple.

  • It is all very harmless, except the traction-engine, but it is not animated, or enlivening.

  • The old red flag of traction-engine law obtains at Blackheath still.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • The noise is like dropping a traction-engine on a huge tin tray.

  • In the distance, beyond the dyke, she could see the white steam of the traction-engine and the figures of many men working.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • This is the traction-engine which always came behind the old gentleman, and made such a dreadful noise.

    The Motor Car Dumpy Book T. W. H. Crosland
  • The steering of the traction-engine was a trifle loose, so N'Soon and I drew off into a field to let this solemn procession pass.

  • A traction-engine grumbled its way along, shaking foundations and setting bed and ornaments a-trembling.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
British Dictionary definitions for traction-engine

traction engine

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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