Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

wrecking car

noun, Railroads.
1.
a car that is equipped as a wrecker.
Compare wrecker (def 2).
Origin of wrecking car
1860-1865
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for wrecking car
Historical Examples
  • “The wrecking car is going to the bridge, Fairbanks,” said the official.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • Here, men,” he called to his assistants on the wrecking car, “fetch this fellow into the shanty yonder.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • The best thing to do is to get a wrecking car here; meantime, the trestle should be guarded.

    Ralph on the Engine Allen Chapman
  • This occurred under the lee of a cliff, so we went in search with wrecking car the next day.

  • It consisted of a wrecking car, a caboose, and one coach with tender and engine.

    Robert Hardy's Seven Days

    Charles Monroe Sheldon

Word of the Day

Nearby words for wrecking car

Word Value for wrecking

18
21
Scrabble Words With Friends