a triangular frame at the front of a locomotive, especially a steam locomotive, designed for clearing the track of obstructions.
- Also called pilot.
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How to use cowcatcher in a sentence
And this train, which was just a bunch of cardboard with a cowcatcher attached to it, was pushed into view by a bunch of people.Ralph Fiennes Discusses ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ J. Lo, and That ‘Seinfeld’ Episode | Marlow Stern | March 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And I never had much trouble with the Spiggoties, what of letting them sneak free rides in the tender or on the cowcatcher.The Red One | Jack London
But we will spoil their game I guess, and I don't think the railroad company will complain at the loss of a cowcatcher.Frontier Boys in Frisco | Wyn Roosevelt
Don made his way up to the locomotive and found a bigger knot of people gathered in front of the cowcatcher.And Then the Town Took Off | Richard Wilson
The engine itself had most of the cowcatcher torn off and the headlight smashed.Frontier Boys in Frisco | Wyn Roosevelt
He gave it in charge of the other man, and then he climbed over the engine, and he came down on the cowcatcher.Railway Adventures and Anecdotes | Various
British Dictionary definitions for cowcatcher
US and Canadian a metal frame on the front of a locomotive to clear the track of animals or other obstructions
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