• WordNet 3.6
    • n caboose a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train
    • n caboose the area for food preparation on a ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Caboose (Railroad) A car used on freight or construction trains as travelling quarters for brakemen, workmen, etc.; a tool car. It usually is the last car of the train.
    • Caboose (Naut) A house on deck, where the cooking is done; -- commonly called the galley.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caboose The cook-room or kitchen on shipboard; a galley; specifically, the inclosed fireplace, hearth, or stove used for cooking on small vessels.
    • n caboose A car for the use of the conductor, brakemen, etc., on a freight-train.
    • n caboose An inclosed wagon for conveying workmen to mines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caboose ka-bōōs′ the kitchen or cooking-stove of a ship.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. kabuis, kombuis, Dan. kabys, Sw. kabysa, G. kabuse, a little room or hut. The First part of the word seems to be allied to W. cab, cabin, booth. Cf. Cabin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. kombuis; cf. Ger. kabuse.


In literature:

If Rod Blake had only known the number of the caboose for which he was searching, he could easily have learned what had happened to it.
"Cab and Caboose" by Kirk Munroe
It's against the rules for me to leave the caboose.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
Peter found him in the caboose; he was as black and grimy as a negro, with grease and coal-dust.
"The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy" by W.H.G. Kingston
The caboose and spars were first washed away; then two of the quarter-boats shared the same fate.
"Adrift in a Boat" by W.H.G. Kingston
Give her a shallow caboose, and get her ready as speedily as you can.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Mears, greatly disturbed, ordered the men off the grade and into the caboose.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
They had been riding in the caboose.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
It did not occur to Bucks that the caboose was standing still.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
The conductor and crew of the local freight were lounging comfortably in the caboose.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
What was I to find in the cabins, and the offices, and the pantries, and the caboose-house?
"John Whopper" by Thomas March Clark
Passengers and train-crews peppered away from coach, caboose and engine, and the trains did not even halt.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Charging them with stealing your old caboose door.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
There were plenty of strong, willing hands to help carry Si from the caboose to the wagon.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
Dot saw the cables with the grappling hooks swing over her head and dodged down inside the caboose.
"Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Soon afterwards the train's agent, a civil-spoken young man, came into the car and took me into his caboose.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The caboose crew start to run forward; a brakeman on the front half starts to run back.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
Herman Melville merely drops a joke or two as he rolls out of the caboose with a cube of salt horse in his hand.
"My First Book:" by Various
I was in the caboose 'lookout' myself, and I saw the Two's gauge-light track around the curve.
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
No matter how late a train is, when an engine sees the tail-lights of her caboose ahead of her she stops and sends out flagmen.
"Bransford of Rainbow Range" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
We rigged our new caboose and proceeded on our voyage, meeting with no further disasters worthy of notice.
"Journal of Voyages" by Jacob Dunham

In poetry:

From bo'sun to the cabin boy,
From quarter to caboose,
There weren't a stitch of calico
To breech 'em - tight or loose.
"The Ship Of Rio" by Walter de la Mare
Girls in town and boys out back,
I've rolled up my little pack,
And on june's chill wintry gales
Sail from pleasant New South Wales.
Ere I go - a doggerel song
To bid the whole caboose "So-long!"
"A Departing Dirge" by Harry Breaker Morant
Some say wrong livin' reaps no good reward.
Well, I dunno. If I 'ad not cut loose
In Spadgers, in them days long, long deplored,
'Ow could I knowed the run uv Foo's caboose?
That back-way entrance, used fer Chiner's friends'
Un'oly ends.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis
Oh, stick me in the old caboose this night of wind and rain,
And let the doves of fancy loose to bill and coo again.
I want to feel the pulse of love that warmed the blood like wine;
I want to see the smile above this kind old land of mine.
"Around the Boree Log" by John O Brien
When I give up trail-herdin', an' thought I'd jes' vamoose,
An' see my nativ' kentry in a first-class freight caboose,
I wuz called er knowin' feller, and I owned the Z Bar brand,
Fer in getherin' maverick yearlin's, I hed proved a lively hand.
"A Stockman's Adventures in New York" by William Lawrence Chittenden
He's left the broncos to be bust by who in thunder chooses;
He's left the pots to wash themselves in Canada's cabooses;
He's left the mine and logging camp, the peavie, pick and plough,
For young blood is fighting blood, and England needs him now!
"The Younger Son" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The spirit of a former railroad worker is said to haunt one of the nine cabooses that make up this rail-themed Northern California inn.
The artist collects railroad memorabilia and much of it is on display behind his house, including a restored 1921 Northern Pacific Railway caboose, traffic signs, light posts and a host of smaller items inside the railroad car itself.
Historic caboose lost during river camp fire near Palmyra Friday night.
The Albertville Lions Club is proposing a replica of the original Albertville depot building with a stage and possibly a caboose at Central Park .
The Fine Arts Council of Tracy is sponsoring a Twin Cites based improv comedy group at the Caboose.
ComedySportz, an improv comedy group based in the Twin Cities, is performing at 7 pm today at the Caboose in Tracy.
Detoured from the caboose parking lot to Feed My Sheep Ministries, 114 E Main St, the Green Alliance and Keep Alliance Beautiful organizations.
Historic caboose lost in blaze.
Vince Jackson Special to the Independent-Mail The Central Red Caboose in downtown Central will be a focal point of the Central Railroad Festival in May.
GLOVERSVILLE - "It'll come to me," Lou Gramm said Wednesday from his Rochester area home in Webster, racking his brain to think of the Beatles song he'll insert into his 90-minute show Friday night at the Caboose.
0From Passenger Cars to a Caboose and depot, you can tour this hands on museum .
There's more room in the caboose than there is in the front car.
Published Sunday, Nov 4, 2012, at 2:04 p.m. A 32-year-old man was stabbed early Sunday morning at the Caboose Bar at 4811 W Central, said Wichita police Sgt Scott Brunow.
The Train Works complex is the historic site where, over a century ago, the Lehigh Valley Railroad built the powerful steam engines that pulled their trains and the cabooses-crew quarters that typically attached to the end of the train.
A few horsemen trail slightly behind, soon finding themselves neck and neck with the caboose.