steam shovel


a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler.

Nearby words

  1. steam locomotive,
  2. steam organ,
  3. steam point,
  4. steam reforming,
  5. steam room,
  6. steam table,
  7. steam trap,
  8. steam turbine,
  9. steam up,
  10. steam whistle

Origin of steam shovel

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019