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steam shovel

noun

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


steam-shovel

noun

  1. a steam-driven mechanical excavator, esp one having a large bucket or grab on a beam slung from a revolving jib


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Word History and Origins

Origin of steam shovel1

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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Example Sentences

Can anyone imagine how a thought can turn into a steam shovel, or a steam shovel into a thought?

Compare the two things, a state of consciousness and say, a steam shovel.

But strength plows its scornful way through temperament like a steam-shovel.

A few minutes' walk brought them in sight of the big steam shovel, which was doing the work of two hundred men with wheelbarrows.

As the little party drew nearer, they could see more plainly the heaps of mud and wet dirt left in the wake of the steam shovel.

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