[boo l-doh-zer]


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

1875–80, Americanism; 1925–30 in the sense “tractor”; origin uncertain. See bulldoze
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Related Words for bulldozer

ruffian, tyrant, tormentor, harasser, browbeater, intimidator

Examples from the Web for bulldozer

Contemporary Examples of bulldozer

Historical Examples of bulldozer

  • Prosaically, a bulldozer lowered its wide blade some fifty yards from the ship.

    Space Tug

    Murray Leinster

  • 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.

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • He reached the bulldozer and turned south, and at long last reached the highway.

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Mijok saw; he changed the course of his attack, a bulldozer aiming at a new clump of brush.

    West Of The Sun

    Edgar Pangborn

British Dictionary definitions for bulldozer



a powerful tractor fitted with caterpillar tracks and a blade at the front, used for moving earth, rocks, etc
informal a person who bulldozes
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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.

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