Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang

freight engine

a locomotive for pulling freight trains, designed for high drawbar pull rather than high speed.
Origin of freight engine
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for freight engine
Historical Examples
  • The freight engine behind him was never built for that pace.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • At Guadalajara, Delaney and the sheriff descended from the freight engine.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • At fourteen, I went to work in the railroad shops; at sixteen, I was firing a freight engine on a railroad.

    The Debs Decision Scott Nearing
  • Without a pilot truck, the leading driving axle of the freight engine was generally overloaded.

  • A freight engine soon came to the spot, backing down the express car.

  • Presley looked up quickly, and saw Dyke, the engineer, leaning on his folded arms from the cab window of the freight engine.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • She kept losing speed every second, and wheezed and puffed like a freight engine on a mountain grade, and moved about as fast.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • Then I remember there came a harsh scream from a freight engine close outside.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for freight engine

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for freight

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for freight engine