donkey engine
noun Date: 1858 1. a small usually portable auxiliary engine 2. a small locomotive used in switching

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Donkey engine — Donkey Don key (d[o^][ng] k[y^]), n.; pl. {Donkeys} (d[o^][ng] k[i^]z). [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.] 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. [1913 Webster] 2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • donkey engine — n. 1. a small steam engine, esp. one used on a ship as for lifting cargo ☆ 2. a small locomotive * * * …   Universalium

  • donkey engine — n. 1. a small steam engine, esp. one used on a ship as for lifting cargo ☆ 2. a small locomotive …   English World dictionary

  • donkey engine — doctor doc tor, n. [OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See {Docile}.] 1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel. Bacon …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • donkey-engine — donˈkey enˈgine noun A small auxiliary engine • • • Main Entry: ↑donkey …   Useful english dictionary

  • donkey engine — noun 1. a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard • Syn: ↑switch engine • Hypernyms: ↑locomotive, ↑engine, ↑locomotive engine, ↑railway locomotive 2. (nautical) a small engine …   Useful english dictionary

  • donkey engine — n. small portable auxiliary engine …   English contemporary dictionary

  • donkey engine — noun a small auxiliary engine …   English new terms dictionary

  • donkey engine — noun (C) a small additional engine used for special jobs, especially on a ship …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • donkey engine — /ˈdɒŋki ɛndʒən/ (say dongkee enjuhn) noun a small, usually subsidiary, steam engine …   Australian English dictionary

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