- a large, powerful tractor having a vertical blade at the front end for moving earth, tree stumps, rocks, etc.
- a person who intimidates or coerces.
Origin of bulldozer
Examples from the Web for bulldozer
Soldiers, settlers, and bulldozer drivers have also mercilessly targeted civilians.Somewhere Over the Separation Barrier
December 18, 2013
Ameira still had to pay 25,000 shekels ($7,000) to hire a bulldozer and trucks to transport the rubble….The Banality of Occupation
August 20, 2013
On the bucket of a bulldozer that had been previously used to uproot the trees in Gezi Park it says, “ I am Free!”Smiling Under a Cloud of Tear Gas: Elif Shafak on Istanbul’s Streets
June 11, 2013
May I recommend the one featuring a picture of the dome from The Dome of the Rock being demolished by a Caterpillar bulldozer?What Hawking and Jerusalem Day Have in Common
May 13, 2013
Conflicting accounts have her either falling back and getting sucked under the bulldozer or being hit head one.Israeli Court Rules Corrie Death Accidental
August 28, 2012
Prosaically, a bulldozer lowered its wide blade some fifty yards from the ship.Space Tug
The bulldozer was teetering at the edge of the cliff as he saw it, right above him.The Sky Is Falling
Lester del Rey
A bulldozer stood abandoned on it, brand-new and in perfect order, with the smell of gasoline and oil about it.
He reached the bulldozer and turned south, and at long last reached the highway.
Mijok saw; he changed the course of his attack, a bulldozer aiming at a new clump of brush.West Of The Sun
- a powerful tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks and a blade at the front, used for moving earth, rocks, etc
- informal a person who bulldozes
Word Origin and History for bulldozer
"person who intimidates by violence," 1876, agent noun from bulldoze (q.v.). Meaning extended to ground-clearing caterpillar tractor in 1930.