switch engine
Switching Switch"ing, a. & n. from {Switch}, v. [1913 Webster]

{Switching engine}, a locomotive for switching cars from one track to another, and making up trains; -- called also {switch engine}. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • switch engine — A locomotive used only for switching and purposes incidental to the maintenance and operation of a railroad yard. The distinction between a road engine and a switch engine, as they are known in railroading, is this: The road engine has a pilot in …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • switch engine — noun a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard • Syn: ↑donkey engine • Hypernyms: ↑locomotive, ↑engine, ↑locomotive engine, ↑railway locomotive * * * noun : a railroad engine usually of the total adhesio …   Useful english dictionary

  • switch engine — noun Date: 1867 a railroad engine used in switching cars …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • switch engine — Railroads. a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a yard. Also called switcher, switching locomotive. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • engine — A skilfully contrived mechanism or machine, the parts of which concur in producing an intended effect; a machine for applying any of the mechanical or physical powers to effect a particular purpose; especially a self contained mechanism for the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Engine Alley — formed in 1989 in the shape of Kilkenny boys, Canice Kenealy (Vocals), Brian Kenealy (Guitar) and Eamonn Byrne (Bass). Moving to Dublinthey recruited drummer Emmaline Duffy Fallon and the line up was completed in 1991 with the addition of Ken… …   Wikipedia

  • Switch — Switch, n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. {Swink}, {Swing}.] 1. A small, flexible twig or rod. [1913 Webster] Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a switch. Addison. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Switch back — Switch Switch, n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. {Swink}, {Swing}.] 1. A small, flexible twig or rod. [1913 Webster] Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a switch. Addison …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Switch board — Switch Switch, n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. {Swink}, {Swing}.] 1. A small, flexible twig or rod. [1913 Webster] Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a switch. Addison …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Switch grass — Switch Switch, n. [Cf. OD. swick a scourage, a whip. Cf. {Swink}, {Swing}.] 1. A small, flexible twig or rod. [1913 Webster] Mauritania, on the fifth medal, leads a horse with something like a thread; in her other hand she holds a switch. Addison …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”