a locomotive operating on surfaces other than tracks and pulling heavy loads, as fallen logs.
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How to use traction engine in a sentence
Fact is that opposition chartered every available traction-engine to bring up rural electorate.
Some of the big harvesters that cut and thresh the wheat are drawn by a traction-engine instead of horses.Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
The poor girl is no more guilty than if a traction engine had run over her or a wild beast had broken on her out of his cage.The Eternal City | Hall Caine
If buying a traction engine, consider also the roads and an engines pulling qualities.Farm Engines and How to Run Them | James H. Stephenson
The gearing by which the traction wheels of a traction engine are made to drive the engine is an important item.Farm Engines and How to Run Them | James H. Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for traction engine
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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