freight engine

  1. a locomotive for pulling freight trains, designed for high drawbar pull rather than high speed.

Origin of freight engine

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

Words Nearby freight engine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use freight engine in a sentence

  • Another trial was given, this time with the heavy freight engine attached to some of the largest flats, laden with steel beams.

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game | Captain Quincy Allen
  • Without a pilot truck, the leading driving axle of the freight engine was generally overloaded.

  • A freight engine soon came to the spot, backing down the express car.

  • Presley looked up quickly, and saw Dyke, the engineer, leaning on his folded arms from the cab window of the freight engine.

    The Octopus | Frank Norris
  • Two hours later an Iron Mountain freight engine pulled out of the railroad yards, Texas bound, with a string of empties.

    Roads of Destiny | O. Henry