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freight engine

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

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for freight engine

Historical Examples of freight engine

  • The freight-engine has six driving-wheels, 545∕8 inches in diameter.

    A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine

    Robert H. Thurston

  • "Better to have ended it all under the wheels of the freight-engine," he had told himself.

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives