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traction engine

a locomotive operating on surfaces other than tracks and pulling heavy loads, as fallen logs.
Origin of traction engine
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The next step forward was to substitute for horses a traction engine.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • That year the threshing was done in the fields with a traction engine.

  • A traction engine is also employed in hauling the product of the mines.

    The Mystic Mid-Region Arthur J. Burdick
  • One party falls in road, and is run over by traction engine.

  • If you want a traction engine for threshing, etc., stick to steam.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • It is something of a trick to handle a traction engine on the road.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • traction engine with “endless railway,” 62; with indiarubber tyres, 209.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Then, when we all felt fit, we returned to the traction engine.

  • Afterwards he was distracted by a traction engine going through the town, and his aunt had got some sprats for supper.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • I told him you put the barge on rollers and towed it up to Ledyard with a traction engine.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for traction engine

traction engine

a steam-powered locomotive used, esp formerly, for drawing heavy loads along roads or over rough ground. It usually has two large rear wheels and a rope drum for haulage purposes
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