traction engine

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noun

a locomotive operating on surfaces other than tracks and pulling heavy loads, as fallen logs.

Origin of traction engine

First recorded in 1855–60
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traction engine


noun

a steam-powered locomotive used, esp formerly, for drawing heavy loads along roads or over rough ground. It usually has two large rear wheels and a rope drum for haulage purposes
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