Caboose Ca*boose" (k[.a]*b[=oo]s"), n. [Cf. D. kabuis, kombuis, Dan. kabys, Sw. kabysa, G. kabuse a little room or hut. The First part of the word seems to be allied to W. cab cabin, booth. Cf. {Cabin}.] [Written also {camboose}.] 1. (Naut.) A house on deck, where the cooking is done; -- commonly called the {galley}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Railroad) A car used on freight or construction trains as travelling quarters for brakemen, workmen, etc.; a tool car. It usually is the last car of the train. [U. S.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(of a ship),

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