steam shovel
noun Date: 1878 a power shovel operated by steam; broadly power shovel

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Steam shovel — Shovel Shov el, n. [OE. shovele, schovele, AS. scoft, sceoft; akin to D. schoffel, G. schaufel, OHG. sc?vala, Dan. skovl, Sw. skofvel, skyffel, and to E. shove. [root]160. See {Shove}, v. t.] An implement consisting of a broad scoop, or more or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • steam shovel — ☆ steam shovel n. a large, mechanically operated digger, originally powered by steam …   English World dictionary

  • steam shovel — steam .shovel n AmE a large machine that digs and moves earth …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Steam shovel — A steam shovel is a large steam powered excavating machine designed for lifting and moving material such as rock and soil. It is the earliest type of power shovel.Origins and development The steam shovel was invented by William Otis, who received …   Wikipedia

  • steam shovel — noun a power shovel that is driven by steam (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑power shovel, ↑excavator, ↑digger, ↑shovel * * * noun, pl ⋯ els [count] US : a large machine that is powered by steam and that is used for digging large holes called also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • steam shovel — steam′ shov el n. mac a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler • Etymology: 1875–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • steam shovel — noun An industrial machine designed to effect a shovelling action through steam power …   Wiktionary

  • steam shovel — a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler. [1875 80, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • steam shovel — noun (C) AmE a large machine that digs and moves earth in a large bucket …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • steam shovel — William Otis …   Inventors, Inventions

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