- a triangular frame at the front of a locomotive, especially a steam locomotive, designed for clearing the track of obstructions.
Origin of cowcatcher
Also called pilot.
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Examples from the Web for cowcatcher
And this train, which was just a bunch of cardboard with a cowcatcher attached to it, was pushed into view by a bunch of people.Ralph Fiennes Discusses ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ J. Lo, and That ‘Seinfeld’ Episode
March 6, 2014
It was a novel sensation to the youths—sitting on the cowcatcher of the engine.The Forest of Mystery
James H. Foster
It's against the law to spear fish with a cowcatcher this time o' year.Gullible's Travels, Etc.
Ring W. Lardner
But didn't I come near to ripping the cowcatcher from that engine?The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas
As many wounded as possible were piled on to the engine, standing in the cab, lying on the tender, or clinging to the cowcatcher.London to Ladysmith via Pretoria
Winston Spencer Churchill
And I never had much trouble with the Spiggoties, what of letting them sneak free rides in the tender or on the cowcatcher.The Red One
- US and Canadian a metal frame on the front of a locomotive to clear the track of animals or other obstructions
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