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traction engine

  1. a locomotive operating on surfaces other than tracks and pulling heavy loads, as fallen logs.
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Origin of traction engine

First recorded in 1855–60
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Historical Examples of traction engine

  • I saw the horse in that brougham rear as it got opposite the traction-engine.

    Under the Chinese Dragon

    F. S. Brereton

  • It is all very harmless, except the traction-engine, but it is not animated, or enlivening.

  • The noise is like dropping a traction-engine on a huge tin tray.

  • You also meet, if you are in luck's way, with a traction-engine; and wherever you look you perceive a church-steeple.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for traction engine

traction engine

  1. 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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